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Perimeter Business ►Mixed-use developments are a hot trend, but they’re not for everyone ►Perimeter hotels draw business with MARTA access, service, attractions Pages 4-9

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Ana Avilez, 14, a member of the Danza Aztec Dance Group, prepares for a performance during the Three Kings Day or “Dia de Los Reyes” festival at the Atlanta History Center on Jan. 10. See additional photos on page 15.►


Survey: No to ‘Religious Freedom’ law Reporter Newspapers is working with a new mobile market research firm, Atlanta-based 1Q, to survey residents of our communities periodically about topics of state and local interest. In our first poll, we ask about the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act being considered in the state Legislature. Nearly two-thirds of 200 respondents said the bill should be rejected. Here are two reactions to the law. Read more about the poll and local comments on page 11. ►

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I’m so sick of Georgia looking like backward buffoons. This is just legalized discrimina�ion, plain and simple. If that isn’t enough, it’s bad for the state economically. A 44-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHO LIVES IN BROOKHAVEN


Exhibit highlights Atlanta in 50 objects

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Even having a proposal of a religious freedom law seems to be a step in the right direc�ion... to start having more considera�ion for religion, period. A 34-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHO LIVES IN SANDY SPRINGS

Familiar sights crowd the new exhibit at the Atlanta History Center. Georgia Tech’s Ramblin’ Wreck holds center stage. A billboard-ready Chick-fil-A cow protests in one corner. A few feet away, a Varsity car-hop’s tray hangs from a door of a ’63 Plymouth Valiant. It’s no surprise that the items in this particular museum show seem familiar. They’re all part of Atlanta. Each was chosen to represent some important feature of the city, the exhibit’s curators say. The exhibit, “Atlanta in 50 Objects,” which opened Jan. 16 and is to be on display through July 10, is intended to show, in its own way, what makes Atlanta Atlanta. “I think my favorite thing is the King manuscript,” guest curator Amy Wilson said on the day before the show opened, as she and History Center exhibitions director Dan Rooney made last-minute tweaks to the exhibit. She pointed toward a case holding a series of handwritten pages from a yellow legal pad on which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had written the acceptance speech for his 1964 Nobel Prize. “It’s the original manuscript.” Wilson and Rooney started work on the project in November 2014. The original idea behind the exhibit – gathering objects that represent important themes or events in history – had been used in a few other high-profile museum shows and books, such as “The Smithsonian’s History of America in Continued page 14 The Atlanta History center’s exhibition, “Atlanta in 50 Objects,” showcases unique, local items like this katana from “The Walking Dead” TV show.

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The Galloway School ended its plan to put athletic fields on Sandy Springs’ High Point Road at the Jan. 19 City Council meeting, bowing to intense opposition from hundreds of residents. “We recognize there is a lot of anxiety in the community,” Sharon Gay, an attorney for the Buckhead-based private school, told the council. She requested an approval of withdrawal rather than denial—which could freeze any rezonings for a year—so that any other, community-driven plans for developing the land would not be blocked. Galloway informed neighbors last fall about the softball and tennis facility, planned for the southern dead-end of High Point Road, after it had placed the land under contract from its owner, former NFL football star Warrick Dunn. Councilman Tibby DeJulio noted that got the process off to a bad start, with dozens of residents opposing it for reasons of traffic and potential flooding on the adjacent Nancy Creek. “This is a case study in why people need to discuss [projects] with their neighbors before permits are applied for,” DeJulio said. “That’s kind of a lost art these days, talking with our neighbors.” It is unclear whether Galloway has any other options for athletic fields it has said it needs badly and cannot fit on its campus near Chastain Park. “I know they looked long and hard for over 18 months” before settling on the High Point site, Gay said in an interview. “This is a hot real estate market.” Galloway entered the council meeting intending to back off from the athletic field plan, but not to withdraw altogether. Last week, it requested a 60-day deferral of the council’s decision. “Galloway wanted time to consider alternative uses,” Gay said in an interview. “Clearly, we were not going to proceed with recreational fields.” But at the council meeting, Gay agreed to withdraw the entire plan as the council made it clear that denial was a real option. The council unanimously supported the

withdrawal. The withdrawal was a big turnaround from Galloway’s appearance last month at the Sandy Springs Planning Commission, which voted to recommend denial. At that meeting, Gay indicated a legal fight could be brewing, saying the letter of the zoning code was on Galloway’s side amid disputes about the school’s traffic and water runoff studies. Among Galloway’s opponents who supported the withdrawal were Bill Gannon of the High Point Civic Association and prominent local zoning attorney Pete Hendricks, who represented local homeowners. Galloway sits just south of the Sandy Springs border and is only 1.5 miles from the High Point Road site. The school had many supporters throughout the debate and even some opponents were torn, as some had children enrolled at the school. Among them was Councilman Andy Bauman, who has children in seventh and 10th grade at Galloway. Bauman said he sought an ethics opinion from the city attorney on whether he should recuse himself from the vote for that reason, and was told it’s not a conflict. Bauman said he received hundreds of emails about Galloway’s plan and recounted some of the good and bad reasons residents put forward in opposition. Bauman said some argued Galloway should be rejected because it’s located in Atlanta, not Sandy Springs. “I reject that out of hand. That’s un-American,” Bauman said. Of the good reasons to oppose, “the essential one,” Bauman said, was High Point’s designation as a “protected neighborhood” in the city’s Comprehensive Plan, a nonbinding set of land-use guidelines. Galloway previously argued that the zoning code allows athletic fields and trumps the Comprehensive Plan, a view that the Planning Commission rejected. Bauman said that a “protected neighborhood” is “not just a throwaway phrase in our Comp Plan.” “I think cases like this really beg and scream for consensus to come through,” Bauman said of the debate, adding he was supporting withdrawal only in the hopes that someone else will find a better use for the site. “I would have opposed this. I do oppose this.” BH

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Sandy Springs mayor pitches transportation boost in Buckhead BY JOHN RUCH

In previous meetings and interviews, Paul has described meeting regularly with some other area mayors in an atSandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul tempt to develop a regional transportapitched transportation improvements as tion program, including both MARTA one of his political legacies during a Jan. and road expansions, that could be pre12 trip across the city line to speak to the sented to voters for a special local option Buckhead Fifty Club. sales tax. He alluded to that in his speech, Paul peppered his speech to members saying transportation infrastructure imof the venerable social and civic club, provements are “going to cost some mongathered at American Legion Post 104 in ey. Things aren’t free.” Chastain Park, with jokes about border Forty-five years ago, Massell shepcrossings and annexations. herded the campaign that got MARTA off But in a serious regional theme, he the ground in DeKalb and Fulton counpraised former Atlanta Mayor Sam Masties, but with suburban leaders and votsell, who attenders opting out. ed the club meetSpeaking in nosing, as providing talgic terms about a transportationhis own political planning model, legacy, Paul con“which is: Think trasted the fates beyond yourself. of metro Atlanta Think beyond and Birmingham, your time in hisAla., the area tory.” where he grew up. “This is about “Part of it is potrying to do somelitical leadership… thing meaningthe difference beful for my hometween George JOHN RUCH town,” Paul said. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul spoke Wallace and Bull of transportation improvements when Paul was big Connor, and Ivan addressing the Buckhead Fifty Club at on enthusiasm Allen and Sam American Legion Post 104 on Jan. 12. but low on details. Massell,” Paul However, in inforsaid, comparing mal conversation, he repeated his backAlabama’s infamous segregationists with ing for MARTA’s planned Red Line exAtlanta’s more progressive mayors. tension at least to Northridge Road, and Atlanta’s leaders once were ahead praised Gov. Nathan Deal’s transportathe curve, creating inner-city highways tion plan, which includes toll express along with trains, Paul said. “Then somelanes on Ga. 400 and I-285 that Paul said thing tragic happened. We quit. We quit. he and other mayors would have teamed We didn’t do any more planning…Now to request, but “the governor just took we’ve lost 30 years or more.” care of it for us today.”

Buckhead CID expected to receive $840,000 in federal transportation grants The Atlanta Regional Commission is expected to award the Buckhead Community Improvement District $840,000 for two federal transportation grants to conduct traffic improvement studies in the community. A $640,000 grant would go toward an engineering study to widen Piedmont Road between Lenox Road and Peachtree Road, according to a Jan. 7 press release. A $200,000 grant would be used to study what improvements could be made to Lenox Road between East Paces Ferry and Piedmont Road. Final status of the grants is expected by March. These two projects are part of the draft Transportation Improvements Program (TIP) now allowing for public comment, according to the Buckhead CID. A grant has also been sent to the ARC by the Buckhead CID to update its Livable Centers Initiative. - Dyana Bagby


A quotation in the Jan. 8-Jan. 21 edition of the Buckhead Reporter expressing opposition to developing a park over Ga. 400 was attributed to the wrong board member of the Buckhead Community Improvement District. Board member John Lundeen made the statement.


North Fulton County has few new roads and suffers from lack of walkability, Paul said. The economic growth and redevelopment is a success, but there isn’t transportation capacity to handle its new congestion, he said. One reason for the lack of specific proposals in Paul’s transportation-boosting talk is that he and other mayors are still working out ideas. He has previously said that their goal is a list of practical, needed projects that can gain political and public support. That also means the monorail

idea recently floated in Sandy Springs is not out of the question. “I got monorails and overhead trains up the wazoo,” Paul said. “Truth is, we’re looking at everything…We don’t have any plans for a monorail, but we don’t want to [shut] ourselves out of it either.” But whatever the improvements are, “This is going to be painful,” Paul said. “We’re going to end up retrofitting all that infrastructure into mature communities because we didn’t plan ahead.”

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Dunwoody council members concerned about traffic around proposed Dunwoody Crown Towers BY DYANA BAGBY The history of the land where Dunwoody Crown Towers is being proposed played a significant role in developers deciding what to propose for the area, the developers say. “We searched back to when the Indians, farmers and onward were on that land,” said veteran Realtor Charlie Brown, the man behind such projects as Atlantic Station, Technology Park/Atlanta, John’s Creek in north Fulton County and Lenox Park located in Buckhead. Dunwoody Crown Towers, an ambitious development project of highrises on the former Gold Kist site off AshfordDunwoody Road, is proposed to include business, hotel and residential towers. The planned development is named Dunwoody Crown Towers, a nod to Crown Holdings Group, which purchased the property more than two years ago. One of the first office buildings in this area was Gold Kist, Brown said. But before it became Gold Kist it was the Cotton Producers Association, a cooperative founded in the mid-1930s by D.W. Brooks, an agronomy professor at the University of Georgia, to help farmers in Carrollton during the Great Depression market their cotton. The Cotton Producers Association assured farmers were paid fairly for their cotton and also assisted them in having access to better technology and marketing for their product. By the 1950s, the coop had diversified beyond cotton to chickens, fertilizer, pork and other grains, and became known as Gold Kist. “The definition of poverty at one time was being a Georgia farmer,” Brown said. “And Gold Kist changed that. D.W. Brooks did that – he was a good farmer.” In 2006, however, Gold Kist was sold to Pilgrim’s Pride Cooperation, creating the largest poultry business in the world. “That building has been vacant a long time,” Brown said. “Dunwoody is an active market. This is one of the finest places in the country you could have a mixeduse development. This is a suburban area that is on the edge of being urban.” The 15-acre site is already zoned for a 20-story hotel and two 24-story business

highrise buildings. On Jan. 5, Crown Development filed a pre-application review with the city of Dunwoody for a rezoning request to also be able to build two residential towers not to exceed 40 stories at the eastern end of the project. The pre-application form says the property would be divided into two tracts, a 9.2-acre site for the hotel and business towers, and 4.75 acres for the two residential towers. Zoning attorney Doug Dillard said the development would create a true “gateway to Dunwoody.” “This is a real opportunity for the city Continued on page 9

New towers proposed Towering new developments are being proposed or are underway in the Perimeter. In Sandy Springs, an Australian developer has proposed five new skyscrapers reaching 20 to 29 stories at 1117 Perimeter Center West. Also, the Texas-based developer Hines is taking the city to court over its denial of zoning for a 25-story office building and a hotel at Northpark at Ga. 400 and Abernathy Road. Meanwhile, in Dunwoody, CRB Realty Associates is proposing a 20-story hotel, two highrise office buildings and two residential towers up to 40 stories tall each at Dunwoody Crown Towers. And in Brookhaven, Seven Oaks is starting construction of a 15-story office building at 4004 Perimeter Summit.

Mixed-use developments are a hot trend, but they’re not for everyone BY JOHN RUCH

When Scott Ruzycki, the area manager of the LA Fitness at Town Brookhaven looks around at the neighborhood, he likes what he sees: hundreds of potential customers living right next door. “I think this is one of the smartest developments that LA Fitness has located in,” said Ruzycki. “We pull about a thousand more people than a regular LA Fitness.” Many don’t have far to go. The gym Ruzycki manages sits in the middle of a massive “mixed-use” development on Peachtree Road in Brookhaven.

When it comes to new development, “mixed use” has become master of the moment. From The Shops Buckhead Atlanta to Sandy Springs’ City Springs project, mixed-use redevelopments are supposedly blending shops, homes and offices to create downtown-style centers from Perimeter suburbs. The mix of retail and housing in “livework-play” developments has been popularized by such high-profile projects as Atlantic Station and Alpharetta’s Avalon. Town Brookhaven was among the first smaller-scale versions of those mixed-use, mega-projects to launch in the Perimeter Continued on page 8

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Perimeter Business Briefs Phipps Plaza in Buckhead has announced that Ticknors Men’s Clothier will join its list of retailers, while expansions of Hervé Léger, Elie Tahari and Nicole Miller stores are also nearing completion. Ticknors will open in the spring on the second level in a 4,348-square-foot store offering brands like Peter Millar, Michael Kors, Johnston & Murphy, Robert Graham, Andrew Marc, Mezlan and more. The UPS Store in Brookhaven Station has moved to a larger space inside the shopping center, taking over part of the former Sherlock’s/The Cook’s Warehouse, according to a report from Tomorrow’s News Today.

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Perimeter hotels draw business with MARTA access, service, attractions major highways, easy access to the entire metropolitan area via MARTA, and great service levels in our hotel and others. In addition, our community and its welcoming people provide an array of great services, attractions close by and terrific shopping and restaurants, like our Savor Bar & Kitchen at the Westin. Lastly, Martin for our property, the Starwood Preferred Guest program is exvan der Laan tremely important to us, as the General manager, members are some of the most Q: We’re familiar with conWestin Atlanta loyal and experienced travelventions as a big driver of hoPerimeter North ers you can find in our industel business in Atlanta. What try. These guests will go out are some of the business or of their way to stay at a Startourism factors that draw howood-affiliated brand like Westin. tel guests to the Perimeter area? There is no question that the strong Q: The Westin has some unusual ofbusiness environment in Sandy Springs ferings, such as the workout gear loans. and the north Perimeter market create Tell us a bit about those programs and great opportunities for hospitality and what inspired the hotel to make those tourism. With so many major national extra efforts. companies having their headquarters or The New Balance Gear Lending promain regional offices in our area, it helps gram is designed for the active travelers drive great business toward our north throughout the Westin brand. Perimeter hotels and restaurants. This, We will provide at a very nominal fee combined with a thriving small business work-out gear, so our guests do not have community and a high quality of life to travel with it. This includes shoes, community, keeps our hotels and restausocks, shirts and shorts. We combine this rants performing well. There is great loywith the Westin WorkOut Studio, area alty from the experienced business travrunning maps and many other programs elers and solid following by locals and focused on the well-being of our guests. regional visitors alike. The overall “well-being” movement is a huge part of the Westin culture. Q: There is a lot of metro Atlanta hotel competition, and several new hotels Q: Area businesses of all types and are planned or under construction in sizes seem to share a common concern the Perimeter area. How can Perimeter with traffic congestion. Is traffic a chalhotels compete with the hotels in Bucklenge for your hotel’s guests or employhead or Downtown? And can the supply ees? If so, what are some strategies you of guests fill all these new hotels? use to cope? As Sandy Springs and the north PeLike anybody else in the area, we have rimeter area continue to grow, and with a common concern with traffic congesthe great infrastructure, a solid sense of tion. It does affect our guests and staff community, and a high degree of quality alike at some level. of life in general, our area certainly can We have a large percentage of guests compete with Buckhead and Downtown. who arrive by MARTA and utilize it for It is imperative that we continue to attransit to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Intract great talent to our labor force and ternational Airport and local work-relatcreate great opportunities and career ed travel. We also have a lot of staff that path growth for the talents that we alutilizes MARTA and the Concourse Shutready have in place. As long as the overall tle, and our hotel shuttles are used to progrowth path continues in our area, our vide pick-ups and drop-offs at the Mediindustry will remain hot as well. cal Center station in particular. Any increased development of MARQ: What is the main attraction that TA is obviously encouraged, but appears makes a guest choose a Perimeter hotel? years away. The interest to explore adMany guests will choose to stay in ditional bypass and access roads where Sandy Springs due to the great business possible in the area is encouraged as well. infrastructure, the proximity to several The Perimeter is home to many high-end hotels and more are under construction or on the drawing boards. One prominent Perimeter hotel is the 372-room Westin Atlanta Perimeter North in Sandy Springs’ Concourse Center. Reporter Newspapers asked the Westin’s general manager, Martin van der Laan, for his view of the state of the industry.

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Ribbon Cuttings

The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber celebrated the remodeling of Atlanta Hearing Associates, at 1713 Mount Vernon Road, with a ribbon-cutting on January 15. Attendees included, from left, Dr. Erica Pennesia, Janelle Thompson, Corine Davis, Mayor Denny Shortal, Dr. Rita Chaiken, and Chelsea Kilgore. Recently, Dr. Chaiken was elected president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) for the professional group’s 2016 program year . The practice provides hearing and balance testing, hearing aids, and tinnitus evaluation and management.

The Original Shea Butter House recently celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. In attendance, from left, Chris Adams, Hassatou Balde, Awa Sylla, City Councilman Ken Dishman, Awa Diop, owner, Beth Berger and Cindy White. Located at 6820 Roswell Rd., Suite 1A in Sandy Springs, the business offers affordable, natural and unrefined skin care products, such as body scrubs, perfumes and soaps.

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Mixed-use developments are a hot trend, but they’re not for everyone Continued from page 4 area. It opened for business five years ago. That makes it a project that commercial developers keep in mind when they think about the mixed-use developments rising around the area. “I love mixed-used developments,” said Steve Tate, who sits on the Sandy Springs Planning Commission and is a managing director at Genesis Real Estate Advisers, a commercial property firm. But in Sandy Springs, which has made mixed-use redevelopment of its Roswell Road “downtown” a priority, notes of caution already are sounding about mixed-use zoning. Sandy Springs City Council recently passed new guidelines out of concern that large apartment projects were being approved under the trendy mixed-use label and not providing enough of the walkable, street-front-retail environment the city wants. And some Sandy Springs Planning Commission members are wary of overpromoting mixed-use development in places it might not work. “Not every place is made to be retail ... you just can’t have it everywhere,” Tate said. “Not every community can have that live-work-play environment. It’s just not feasible unless government underwrites

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ultimately, long-term, part of it.” He’s a supvery successful because porter of City Springs, the Buckhead commuthe public-private, nity will grow to it [and] $220 million mixedthe Brookhaven commuuse redevelopment nity will grow around it,” underway in Sandy he said. Springs that will inRichard Munger, vice clude a new City Hall. president of development City Springs has alat North American Propready helped inspired erties, which created Avatwo other mixed-use lon in Alpharetta, said the redevelopment plans retail part of a mixed-use for a nearby shopping complex cannot be suscenter and office comtained by the complex’s plex. residents alone. The big Town Brookhavconcern for a developen is just the sort of JOHN RUCH Locally, Town Brookhaven was one er, Munger said, is “maklocation that raises of the first smaller-scale versions ing sure the location has concerns, Tate said. of mixed-use mega-projects. strong surrounding fun“I hear from [Town damentals to support the Brookhaven] retailcommercial uses, which include visibiliers that they hadn’t performed as well as ty, employment base, neighborhood demothey anticipated,” he said. “It’s a little bit graphics, access and demand.” between everything. It’s not connected to That calculation can be seen at Town anything…It sits so far off the road.” Brookhaven, which combines 950 apartThe Sembler Company, which develments, office space and 460,000 square feet oped Town Brookhaven and leases its comof retail on a 48-acre site. It includes streetmercial property, did not respond to quesfront retail beneath apartments, like many tions. mixed-use projects, but also has some carTate said that connecting mixed-use deoriented big-box anchors, such as Costco. velopments to surrounding neighborhoods Ruzycki at the LA Fitness looks both inis key. “I think [Town Brookhaven] will be

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Traffic a concern regarding proposed Dunwoody Crown Towers Continued from page 4 to show the Southeast it is not the country and turn it into a true urban mode served by transit,” he said.

Traffic concerns raised

Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal said traffic mitigation is a major concern and he plans to have town hall meetings to receive input from citizens on the proposed development. He also said the proposed Westside Connector will play a significant role in discussion moving forward. The Westside Connector is a planned road coming off I-285, going under Ashford-Dunwoody Road and connecting with Perimeter Center Parkway. The road is part of a network of connectors planned for the area as new, highrise developments are being built. The Westside Connector was conceptualized in the 2011 Perimeter Community Improvement Districts’ 10-year plan, but wasn’t a reality until last year. The idea for the Westside Connector plan started when the owners of Crown Holdings came to the city and offered the city the property for the road at no cost. Brown, with Crown Holdings, offered to donate about 2 acres of the 15-acre site to the city of Dunwoody. “That’s $15-$20 million dollars right there [to build that road]. The city doesn’t have that kind of money. That would need state and federal funds, and be a GDOT project,” Shortal said. “Unless the connector goes all the way through to Perimeter Center Parkway, it’s not much use to the city.” Shortal added that the developers have only submitted a preliminary application for rezoning. “It’s not a permanent one. This is when we go back and forth,” he said. City Councilman Doug Thompson said how much development and growth will take place in Dunwoody will be the pivotal issue the council will tackle over

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Crime stats a properties under a city of residential properties and four recommendation blotter to a developer at made for from their ordinance for the and Advisory Committee then sell their propertymade by the Advisory Commit- police chief talks about The proposed tree residents they can the Tree Ordinance s Police created a lot of discussion ordinance that many city’s staff, included: Sandy Springs has The four recommendation City ordinance by the between many concerned inclusion into the first six months. to see included but –Page 3 left out of the tree which would inan apparent breach but also among mem- in the community want 9 discussion. tee but tree” designation, historic event citizens and City Council,The question is which Council flatly rejected at its January •Create a “historic with a significant city staff and well. votes council members, any tree associated group with historic significance; bers of council as issue council clude one when The concert in loudest be or for large voices will be heard its February 6 meeting. most of the general public seem to section or life of a person tree designation See the center at gets on the ordinance •Allow for “landmark”immediate vicinity of structure; The Reporter calendar in the tree canpine trees not over 20 percent of the & About in Sandy Out removing you and owners • Require residential a tree removal permit; Board Springs and beyond. removal plan and obtain Conservation opy to submit a tree Tree a of and ordinance •Establishment new the under appeals City Council. hear to capacity to the during a straw serve in an advisory s were voted down All four of the recommendation voting against the “historic all council members Karen Meinzen vote by council with Councilmember s. only District 6 tree” designation and each of the other three recommendationset for Mayor Eva Galambos McEnery voting Jan. 9 work session, statement. During the council with an introductory “I think discussion the tone for the ensuingtable loves trees,” the mayor said. Ride the Peach we absolutely de“Everybody at this on the council that with meanyou have total unanimitymay be going on between a few, the Reporter and that –Page 3 plore any collusion who think they can sell their land faster is in city Street talk spirited homeowners, to cut down the trees” while the Do you feel safer now? collude with developers and trying to pass the new tree ordinance. –Page 6 law that,” the mayor statbetween the present to do something about the “So, I think we ought of the homeowners are reluctant to cut By John F. Schaffner Bullish on real percent The cure for that .1 estate ed. “Probably 99.9 Harry Norman unless they have a hazard. To require homeownt eight-month study trees on their own lawn ish on residential CEO bullworse than the problem. yard, after getting a leading The Chastain Park real estate up tonot should thebe the new master percent Atlanta History Center development their own locally. Conservancy (CPC) of in plan. get a permit cut down trees has been process of forging is the collusion.” resultsto responsible is in the until February ers toSurvey Expanded facility hosts will bebecollected real problem overkill. The number of park exhibits on Ben 14. The an nership with “One the awonChastain Park—thea new master plan for 238-acre master of for arborist, hopes may improvements –Page 2 ‘blockbuster’ plan by CPC to haveattending the meeting, the city of Atlanta plan city’s a completed final in largest back. partthose Jr. and grow park—and wants the help of residents As it grow. told the park’s late summer and MLK movesTrees Thebymayor Franklin toward operating–Page trees The of this is that developing 7 year. partners. south back.” a new master is a things the the CPCforget, priorities and the and users of the park in setting formed CPC derful about organization non-profit like grow we wouldthey plan for the Buckhead Village to know from residents long-term vision by Chastain neighbors we cringe. But visit Chastain To that end, the for the park. hance, of the two cities park, Tree Ordinance Park, whatAdvisory to restore, en- s of the When they go down, Is new development they like about if they recommendationwhat doesn’t and put on its websiteConservancy has distributed Since maintain and a responsibility preserve the just the park, andhas Addressing Chastain Park. what the council 2003, it has signed would out thatThose a survey to obtain said the park better. what works and around the corner? shemake put as part of the mayor pointed upthe interested For instance, over Committee, 1,000 information gathering public in- bers—almost evenly in mempassing when ingordinances. to the Conservancy’sparticipating in the survey can split between the budget –Page 2 aspect of the Atlanta business to consider ofdo residents of and residents website: www.chastain so by Taking care Chastain Park of Sandy Springs—and Directorgo5 parkconservan contains a great SSBA Executive TREES, Page ues—some of diversity finger on of facilities has a and which are independently Donna Gathers venhorse park, historic operated—inc of local business. pulse luding 10 See the center the and center, ball fields, golf course, pool –Page a tennis facilities, section gymnasium, The Reporter calendar arts one of Atlanta’s walking trails, most picnic areas and gets you The Conservancy popular and long standing Out & About in concert venues. Buckhead was formed in tain and preserve and beyond. Chastain Park, 2003 to restore, enhance, mainthe park’s stakeholders. and to serve as a forum Since then, the By John F. Schaffner many projects Conservancy has for all of aimed atinmaking completed the process the park safer, In cooperation (CPC) iswith Conservancy know youand all Park—the greener. the park stakeholders, Didcleaner stalled a severe Chastain The Chastain Park weather detection usmaster plan for 238-acre andand CPC in& Figures Factsthe of forging a new warning system the help of residents the park. wants Springs at key CHASTA locavision for About Sandy IN, Page city’s largest park—and and the long-term 10its web site put on ers in setting priorities has distributed and asTo that end, the Conservancy information gathering input as part of the the new Christopher North Number of households a survey to obtain publicstudy leading up to the development of CPC pect of the eight-month will be collected until February 14. The year. results this of Survey summer plan. by late master master plan completed size by Chastain neightree hopes to have a final Average household organization formed prunes a Chastain Park Chastain Park. Since The CPC is a non-profit Street talk of Odd Job Tree Specialists, the trees and bors to restore, enhance, maintain and preserve Springs Guidebook –Source: Sandy Can infrastructure Jesus Libogio, an employeeJob donates time and equipment to maintain handle By John F. Schaffner Odd new growth? way to give back for 10 on a mild January day. Thomas said it is his CHASTAIN, page Company owner Eddie area. t –Page 6 walkways in the park. from the recreational The Atlanta International his family has received School, Buckhead leaders years of enjoyment and residents, won a beloved institution of most Buckhead Civic Association a struggle with profile the Garden Hills BBA’s Sharon Silva victory came only over three zoning matters this past after board of Neighborhoodsome heated exchanges among month, but the the long road home. takes members of the Planning The school had acquired Unit-B at its first meeting page –Page 11 backseeking Seewas of 2007. some additional to expand its property and operations. Those the school to obtain two separate plans required of nine pieces variances and of property along 2 to RG-3, Peachtree Avenue a rezoning both residential from RGgeneral One Zoning variance, sector zoning categories. Piedmont Hospital which applied es of property to the same nine was Outpatient unit piecPeachtree Avenue, to allow for parking in Howell Mill Road. going on the the construction where it is otherwise prohibited,front yard on of The second zoning a new school building and to allow for –Page 14 parking deck. variance was to of a structure from increase the isting school and 35 feet to 41 feet to allow for an maximum height a special exception addition the off-street parking from zoning regulations to the exto reduce All three of the requirement from 379 spaces requests had been to 150 ing committee approved by NPU-B’sspaces. 8-0-0 zonby both the school with 14 conditions that had been agreed Did you know and the Garden However, the to Hills neighborhood sticking point Christopher North group. was that the Facts & Figures ciation wanted Jesus Libogio, an neighborhood an About Buckhead assowhich would have additional covenant placed employee of Odd on the school, Job Tree Specialists, on a mild January the next 17 years. required that the land be day. 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OnOurBorders: Hundreds turn out over Brookhaven school zoning Editor’s note: News knows few boundaries. Here are some of the local news stories breaking in neighboring communi�ies that could be of interest to Buckhead residents. In Brookhaven, hundreds of parents packed the gym at Sequoyah Middle School on Jan. 14 to hear DeKalb County school officials explain how they planned to address chronic overcrowding at schools in the Cross Keys High School cluster. School officials laid out five redistricting plans, but several concerned parents and family members said the suggestions wouldn’t help. Some argued the district needed to build new schools immediately. “The Cross Keys cluster has been neglected for too long. If the school construction proposal drags out for years none of the kids currently in elementary school will see any improvement,” said Mary Novotny, a parent of a pre-schooler who will be assigned to Woodward. “That would be a failure on the part of our community. Explain that to a seven year old.” In Sandy Springs, Hines is suing the city for rejecting the developer’s latest plan for Northpark at Ga. 400 and Abernathy Road, attorney Doug Dillard said. “We have filed the lawsuit” that Hines

partment of Watershed Management. ries tall, along with a “vilThey now are inspected by a private conlage” of mixed uses. But tractor working for the city, city development staff said Sanders says he wants a tighter, more the zoning plan the project accountable inspection system. “The application hinges on is no 2016 inspections will be done by the Sanlonger valid and rezoning dy Springs fire department,” Sanders is required. That old plan said. “That way, I know all hydrants have includes a possible 50-stobeen touched and have been inspected.” ry office tower—taller than That will mean “more accuracy, more many Atlanta skyscrapers. accountability,” Sanders said, adding But John Heagy III, a Dunit will also give firefighters hands-on woody-based senior manknowledge of where the city’s hydrants aging director for Hines’ Photos by Dyana Bagby are in case they need to find them in an Southeast region, has said Lynn King joins in the discussion about overcrowding emergency. the 50-story building is no in the Cross Keys High School cluster. longer on the drawing had threatened following the city Board board. of Appeals decision on Dec. 10, Dillard Also in Sandy said. The legal action was filed Jan. 8, he Springs, Fire Rescue said. Chief Keith Sanders The developer, going officially by wants his department to Northpark-Land Associates LLLP, claims start regular inspections the board had no objective factual basis of the 4,000 or so fire to deny the administrative appeal and dehydrants on the city’s mands damages and an immediate reverstreets. But those inspecsal of the decision, according to a press tions are where the fire release. City Attorney Wendell Willard department’s control said the city will defend the board’s deover the hydrants ends. cision. 2,910 of the hydrants on Based on a 1987 zoning plan, Hines Jose Mendez, left, has two nieces at Cross Keys High School. city streets are owned by wants to build a roughly 25-story office the city of Atlanta’s Detower and a 600-room hotel up to 8 sto-

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Cooking up extremes When my first child was a toddler, his favorite show was a cooking show. It featured reruns of a genteel Graham Kerr charmingly slicing, dicing and “nice-ing” his way around his kitchen. My son loved to cuddle up next to me while we watched “the cooking man” together, presumably because my boy was so captivated by a person who did more in a kitchen than sprinkle Cheerios on a highchair tray. Since then, the world of cooking shows has exploded, and I mean that literally. We have an entire network devoted to food and its preparation, and it’s been turned into a prime time battle. Other networks have taken notice and are getting in on the food fight; now our TV shows are like a middleschool cafeteria gone wild. Robin Conte is a writer We might watch Ina Garten calmly create a ganache durand mother of four who ing the sunny daytime hours, but when the sun sets, we’re lives in Dunwoody. She ready for some action. So network producers are finding can be contacted at ways to make even the tamest of subjects… extreme. Simply put, we’ll watch a cupcake if it’s made to look like a tank. Chefs are chopped! Kitchens are cutthroat! Brussels sprouts battle broccoli spears. Bobby Flay is in a boxing ring and cooking contestants are dressed as gladiators. It’s not enough to help someone remake his restaurant—it has to be impossible! Bash a sledgehammer to it, set it on fire, or link it to the mob, and we’ll take notice. And yes, the innocent cupcake — a food that is synonymous with “harmless” — has been turned into a war. I caught an episode of “Hell’s Kitchen” one night. At first, I had no idea what I was watching; I never knew there could be such intensity in a kitchen that didn’t involve three kids who were late to a soccer game. The program features Gordon Ramsay — a blonde, blue-eyed chef with a foreign accent and a foul mouth. He out-cooks and out-cusses everyone. The background music sounds like the score of a 50-year-old WWII movie, and chefs dash around as if they’re performing triage while Ramsay shouts riveting dialogue such as, “Season it! Season it! Quick! Get-the-kale! The bleeping chicken is RAW!” It was strangely compelling, like watching a wrecking ball demolish a building Then a commercial came on so I clicked the remote and found “Mystery Diner,” a program whose purpose is to uncover kitchen criminals. An “investigative team” had placed hidden cameras all over a restaurant, and the restaurant owner and the head investigator were sitting in a private room, watching as employees accepted bribes and pilfered bags of flour. That one I watched for a while, but only because I really wanted to know who was stealing the beer kegs. I clicked over to the Food Network again. “Cutthroat Kitchen” had just started, featuring Alton Brown trying to look sinister. OK, I watched that for a while…but only because I wanted to see if the Italian guy could cook macaroni and cheese in a metal pipe. A commercial came on and I hit the remote again. I clicked past 30 different crime shows that were half over and an airing of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” So I clicked back to the Food Network. It was pretty tame in comparison. And the Italian guy won.

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History Center unveils ‘Atlanta in 50 Objects’ exhibit


Above, guest curator Amy Wilson, left, and Atlanta History Center Exhibitions Director Dan Rooney, right, began planning for the “Atlanta in 50 Objects” show in 2014. They solicited ideas online and through a suggestion box at the center, letting Atlantans pick what should be included.

Continued from page 1 101 Objects.” The History Center wanted to add another element to their show. They wanted to let Atlantans pick what should be included. “We turned it over to Atlanta,” Rooney said. The curators solicited ideas online and through a suggestion box at the center. Wilson and Rooney said they built a database of 200 to 300 ideas and let

the most-nominated notions rise to the top of the list. “The folks who gave us these suggestions had more knowledge on these subjects than we did,” Rooney said. “I think museums have evolved to realize they have to share the authority. The authorship of this exhibit was the public.” List of subjects in hand, Wilson and Rooney set to work finding the objects to illustrate the various subjects. It made quite an eclectic collection.

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What made the cut? A 1996 Olympic torch and a classic Coke bottle, a mockup of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s train-to-the-planes and a 1960s uniform for a Delta Air Lines stewardess, a model of downtown from architect John Portman’s offices showing the buildings he’d designed and developed, a World Series ring from the late broadcaster Skip Carey, a figure of a dying soldier from the Cyclorama, the bat Hank Aaron used to hit his 600th homer, a Tshirt from the Peachtree Road Race, a Centers for Disease Control microscope, Atlanta Constitution Editor Ralph McGill’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Time magazine naming Ted Turner “Man of the Year.” Rooney said the curators couldn’t get everything they wanted into the display. They asked for an original typescript of “Gone With The Wind,” but that had to remain in a vault. At one point he thought it would be a good idea to include the cockpit from a Delta airplane, but decided it was just too big

to fit. Still, some off-beat surprises did manage to show up in the crowded exhibit hall. A mold of the Atlanta Zoo’s favorite gorilla, the late Willie B., has his handprints displayed near a car from Priscilla the Pink Pig, the children’s ride that once graced Rich’s downtown department store. Along with a display about the civil rights movement is an ax handle signed by segregationist Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox. The rise of the movie-making business is illustrated through a signature sword one character uses to lop the heads off zombies in “The Walking Dead.” And there’s a big banner from the Chattahoochee Raft Race, a Memorial Day event that drew thousands to ride Atlanta’s river in the 1970s. What does the exhibit say about Atlanta? “It’s a very diverse place,” Wilson said. And, she said, looking at the cases around her, “it shows a lot of fun. When you look around, there are a lot of things that are fun.”

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Three Kings Day or ‘Dia de Los Reyes’

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Friday, Feb. 5, 8 p.m. Act3 Productions presents the musical, “Dogfight,” set in 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines go out for a final night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But then one meets a girl… Tickets: $15-$30. Show runs through Feb. 20. Go to: for more details and show times. 6285-R Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 770-241-1905 or email: michelle.act3@gmail. com with questions.



Saturday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m. Dunwoody United Methodist Church welcomes the return of American pianist Thomas Pandolfi, featuring works by Liszt and Chopin as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Marvin Hamlisch. Suggested donation, $10. In the Sanctuary, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody. Call 770-3940675 to find out more.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 4:30 p.m. Galloway Theatre Company presents its winter production, “The Ash Girl,” about a girl huddled deep in an ashy hearth. With her mother dead and her father away, she lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters. When the prince invites her to the ball, she finds the strength to go with the help of her friends. Tickets: $10. Additional shows, Jan. 29, 7:30; Jan. 30-31, 2 p.m. At the Next Stage, 215 West Wieuca Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30342. To purchase tickets, visit: Email: cami.d.watts@gmail. com or call 404-252-8389 with questions.

SPOTLIGHT ON ART Monday, Feb. 1, 6-9 p.m. The Trinity School hosts an Artists Market, open to the public. Discover works not found in any other gallery, including pieces from well-known names and new artists. Prices range from $5$5,000. “Meet the Artists” on Opening Night and also during Cocktails & Canvases, Friday, Feb. 5, 6-9 p.m. Market hours: TuesdayThursday, 8 a.m. -4 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission and parking. 4301 Northside Pkwy., NW, Atlanta, 30327. Go to: or call 404231-8100 for information.

‘SIGHTS & INSIGHTS’ Thursday, Jan. 28, 6-9 p.m. Opening reception for the first show of the season at the Spruill Art gallery. Check out an all-medium exhibition of artists from throughout the Southeast, juried by Alan Avery. Free and open to the community. Show continues through April 9. 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody,


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BEAVER SUMMIT Saturday, Jan. 30, 12-2 p.m. Join others and guest lecturers for “What are the benefits and challenges of living with beavers in urban areas?” at Oglethorpe University in this twopart session. Continues on Saturday, Feb. 6, 3-5 p.m., at Blue Heron Nature Preserve, with a wetlands walk. $45. Find out more by calling 404-345-1008. Register at: Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Rd., Brookhaven, 30319.

FOOD SENSITIVITIES Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. This workshop discusses how diet impacts your health, weight and lifestyle. Free and open to the community. For adult audiences. For more information or to register, call 404-441-2380 or email: Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Questions? Email:

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Saturday, Feb. 6, 4-6 p.m. Discover the ancient Chinese system of fortune telling. Find out how astrology works and what highlights the new year might hold. Free and open to all. For adults. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: comments@ for additional information.

Monday, Jan. 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Learn how to stay safe when bad weather arrives during this interactive musical. Free and open to all. Suitable for kids ages 4 and up. Registration required and started Jan. 5. Space is limited. Call 404-303-6130, email: or visit the Sandy Springs Library to sign up. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.



Thursday, Jan. 28, 1-8 p.m. The Friends of the Dunwoody Library hold a book sale! Browse hardbacks, including fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Free admission. From 1-4 p.m., members only; 4-8, open to the public. Sale continues Jan. 29 and Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Monday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., which is Bag Day. Buy a bag and fill it! 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To find out more, call 770-512-4640. 

CATHEDRAL ANTIQUES SHOW Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Browse period furniture, jewelry, art and accessories gathered under one roof. Net  proceeds benefit Literacy Action. Photography, strollers, large bags, and outside food and beverages prohibited. Continues Feb. 5, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Feb. 6, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, 30305. For details, or tickets to this event and others, visit:

Saturday, Feb. 6, 8:30 a.m. St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church holds its annual 5K/10K Tartan Trot, benefiting local and global outreach efforts. 1-mile run, 8 a.m.; Tot Trot, 9:45 a.m. Both 5 and 10K are Peachtree qualifiers. $30; $35 race day; $15 for 1-mile. Awards, longsleeved T-shirts for entrants. Leashed dogs, walkers and strollers welcome. Rain or shine. Vehicle parking in Dunwoody Village; shuttle buses available. 1978 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To register or to learn more, go to:

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Thursday, Jan. 28, 4-5:30 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs presents “Grace’s Parisian Adventures.” Learn history through crafts, games and snacks. For ages 5-10. $8 members; $10 non-members. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, call 404-851-9111 x2 or visit:

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE Saturday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m. The annual Daddy-Daughter Dance includes musical games, complementary refreshments, keepsake photo, DJ, door prizes and goodie bag for each girl. Business casual to semi-formal attire. $35/father-daughter; $10 each additional daughter. Open to all girls in grades K-5 attending Sandy Springs schools. Spalding Drive Charter Elementary, 130 W. Spalding Dr., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. Visit: to sign up. For further information, call 770-730-5600.

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Puppetry Arts Center expands under Atlanta’s own puppet master BY JOE EARLE

Vince Anthony’s choice of careers sounds simple enough, the way he tells it now. Decades ago, when he was in college, he set off for New York to make his fortune as an actor. While looking for an onstage job, he found something else. He found puppets. He’d made puppets for school projects when he was a kid growing up in Florida, he said, “but it didn’t occur to me that I would want to pursue puppets as a career.” Then he saw an ad for a job with a touring puppet company. He went to see what that was about and ending up work a marionette, a stringed puppet he found to be elegant. “I made a career decision as I was auditioning,” he said. “I fell in love with it.” Lucky thing. That marionette led Anthony to a career in puppetry. And his career path led Anthony, who now lives in Buckhead, to found and operate one of Atlanta’s most original museums and performance venues, the Center for Puppetry Arts, which opened in 1978. It now operates in a former elementary school building at 1404 Spring Street.

The center recently expanded its facilities. It added 7,500 square feet of exhibition space to its museum and an extensive Jim Henson collection that the center says is the most comprehensive exhibit of Henson artifacts in the country. Just what was it about puppetry that caught Anthony’s attention all those decades ago? What about puppets stirs his affection? “I don’t know,” Anthony admitted one recent morning as he sat and chatted quietly in his cluttered office at the puppetry center. “The fact that you are creating something, taking something inanimate in nature and making it live and breathe. It was fascinating to me. ... I was working a marionette. I was just fascinated.” He joined the company and hit the road with a three-puppeteer company. They toured “across the whole Midwest, as far as Texas” playing “Pinocchio.” “We would travel in a truck. We would put up this puppet theater and perform and then move on. I did that for three years.” After a while, he decided he wanted to return to the South from New York. He subscribed to an Atlanta newspaper to get a feel for the town, he said. This was

Puppeteer Vince Anthony, executive director of the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, works a shadow puppet display in the center’s museum. “Puppetry can be a touchstone to so many kinds of things,” he said.

in the 1960s. There seemed to be a lot going on in Atlanta’s arts scene, he said, so he set up his own touring company, The Vagabond Marionettes, based in Atlanta. His company performed around the Southeast. Soon, he and other puppeteers started talking about creating a national base for puppetry. The Center for Puppetry Arts once shared the old school building with other arts organizations. But at 38 years old, it now fills the building completely and has spilled out into additions. It hosts puppet shows, provides puppetry-based education programs, and houses a museum that is home to a collection of more than 170 puppets and puppetry artifacts from five continents. “We’re unique in what we do,” Anthony said. “There are some other puppet centers, but they’re very small.” The Atlanta center, he said with a slight smile, has turned out “bigger than we thought.” Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, helped launch the center in the 1970s, Anthony said, and now 75 of Henson’s creations and artifacts – including many familiar Muppets – anchor a major portion of the recently expanded puppetry museum. The museum displays Muppets from throughout Henson’s career, including Big Bird, and Bert and Ernie from the TV show “Sesame Street,” Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy from “The Muppet Show” TV program, and characters from other Henson creations such as the TV show “Fraggle Rock” and the movie “The Dark Crystal.” The Henson portion of the museum also includes mockups of his office and a TV studio. “I think the Henson puppets are a great way to attract people to what we do,” Anthony said. Anthony hopes the crowds that come to meet the Muppets will then discover the rest of the collec-


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Being the largest Jewish film festival in the world is great, but it’s not the most important goal for organizers of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. “Being number one – that’s gravy,” said Steve Labovitz, chairman of the board of the AJFF. “It’s much more important to put on a great festival. The quality of the films is the key.” Last year’s attendance at the AJFF topped 38,000, surpassing the 35,000 attending the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. The SFJFF was the longtime largest Jewish film fest in the world. With 77 feature films to be screened at this year’s AJFF over a three-week period beginning Jan. 26, all indicators are AJFF will again attract more than 38,000 moviegoers. The enormous growth over the last decade led to AJFF to becoming an independent organization in 2015, separating from the Atlanta Regional Office of the American Jewish Committee, which founded the fest in 2000. “This became such a big film festival and it took up so much time from the AJC’s programming,” said Labovitz, who is the inaugural chair of the board for the independent AJFF and also a vice president of Atlanta’s AJC board. “The AJC birthed us. And we will continue to partner with them, but it is better for all of us [for the film fest] to be on its own,” Labovitz said. “It makes both organizations better – it’s a win-win.”

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To earn his Eagle rank, the highest in Boy Scouts, Matthew Bieber helped rebuild a trout hatchery at his old elementary school so students could again study the fish. Matthew has been in Boy Scouts for 12 years, since he was in first grade. Even after many of his friends dropped out, Matthew continued with the organization. “I stayed because I knew the skills and lessons I learned in scouts would be very valuable in the rest of my life, and wanted to stick with it,” said Matthew. “I like scouts because it is a community. It’s a good bit of fun to just go camping, but the connections you can make and the lessons you learn in scouts are awesome.” For a community improvement project that was part of his pursuit of the Eagle rank, Matthew reworked the courtyard at Kingsley Charter Elementary in Dunwoody and restored the school’s trout hatchery. The school had operated the trout hatchery in past years. Fourth graders used it to learn about biology. But in the years since Matthew was in elementary school at Kinglsey, the program had been discontinued because the structure housing the hatchery, made out of metal poles and tarps, kept breaking. “I felt obligated to build a permanent structure for the project to continue it for fourth graders for years to come,” said Matthew. Matthew spent hours planning and executing the project and working on the merit badges required for the Eagle rank. He also served as a Troop Guide, helping younger scouts advance in rank. Although he enjoyed the process, he was relieved when he had finally satisfied all of the program’s rigorous demands. “Building the hatchery was a lot of fun, and when I had finally completed my final Board of Review, where scouting officials judge if I am ready to advance in rank, I

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Police Blotter / Buckhead From police reports dated Dec. 20-Jan. 2 The following informa�ion was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 Precinct of the Atlanta Police Department and is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY  1761 Howell Mill Road --Two individ-

uals armed with handguns entered a Taco Bell and ordered everyone inside to “not move.” The first individual pointed a handgun at the manager and demanded she open the cash register. The two were given $369.75 in cash. They also demanded an employee open the safe, but the employee told them she did not know the access code.  1000

block of Moores Mill Road NW-- A man at a night club on Cheshire Bridge Road called an Uber driver and was picked up by a driver and another man in the front passenger seat in an unknown make/model vehicle. After driving around a while, the passenger who called for the Uber car asked where they were going. The man in the front passenger seat pulled a gun on the passenger and told him to, “Shut up.” The driver pulled off I-75 near Moores Mill Road, and he and the gunman robbed the passenger of his phone and wallet before forcing him out of the car.

 2000 block of DeFoor Avenue NW-- A

man was walking behind stores when another man asked him for a light. Another man approached from behind, put the man with the lighter in a headlock and struck him on his head with a black revolver. The first man then said, “Give me the money,” and stole up to $34 from the man being held. Three men were spotted running from the scene.  2700 block of Noble Creek Drive NW-

-A woman was walking through a parking lot to her apartment when she heard someone running behind her and then heard a man demand, “Give me your purse.” The woman did not respond, and the man took out a silver handgun and told her, “Don’t make me use this.” She gave the gunman her purse and keys. The man ran away on foot.  3000 block of Peachtree Road--A man

wearing a fedora entered Bella Bags and selected six Louis Vuitton handbags. He swung one of the bags at an employee

when she tried to stop him. He exited the store and got into a black sedan with tinted windows.  3500 block of Peachtree Road--A secu-

rity guard said he saw five men in a silver car and also a black Dodge Charger exit the vehicles and pry open the front door of the Bally business. They then threw a cement block through the second door. When the security guard tried to call police, two of the men told him to drop his radio. The five men then took several jackets, purses, belts and shoes. 

2700 block of Lenox Road NE--A man beat another man violently after asking for directions. As the man being beaten fell to the ground, the attacker took his wallet and money. Witnesses said they saw the attacker fleeing on foot through a parking lot.

 3400 block of Lenox Road NE--Two women agreed to meet a man in their hotel room. When inside the room, the man said he needed to go to his car and retrieve a cellphone. When he opened the door, another man entered and held the two women at gunpoint. The men then ordered the women to strip off their clothes and lie face down on the bed. The two men then ransacked the room and stole $3,000 from one and $640 from the other woman. The two men fled on foot into a parking deck.  2600 block of Piedmont Road NE-

-A man met two women while having drinks at a bar. One of the women told him, “Let’s get out of here and have some fun, I want you.” He left with the two women and got into their car. One of the women asked for $10 in gas and then tried to take his debit card when they got to a gas pump. The man refused letting her have it and used it himself to enter his PIN to pay for the gas. Later, the man said he was held at gunpoint in the car and the women stole his wallet and cellphone. He was then forced out of his car. The women took his cash and credit cards from his wallet and threw the wallet and cellphone on the ground next to him. The man took photos of the car with his cellphone as they drove away. Several unauthorized withdrawals were later made from his checking account.  2100 block of Piedmont Road NE--At-

lanta police arrested five people after they robbed a hairdresser in her home.

The hairdresser was robbed at gunpoint by the group after she allowed a woman into her home to do her hair. The woman later opened the door to allow four more people in. Police found hats, cologne, purse, phones, and a knife belonging to the victims in the suspects’ car.

AGGR AVAT E D AS S AULT  800 block of Sidney Marcus Boulevard

-- Police arrested suspects who were hiding in bushes and throwing golf ballsized rocks at passing motorists.  1100 block of Woodland Avenue--Po-

lice arrested a suspect who allegedly cocked a rifle and pointed it at people in a residence.  2200 block of Cheshire Bridge Road-

-Neighbors were arguing outside an apartment complex when one pulled a gun on the other.  2400 block of Cheshire Bridge Road

NE--A man ran into his ex-boyfriend at two different locations, and when he returned home, he noticed his ex followed him in his car into the parking deck of his apartment. When the man was parking his car, the ex got out of his car and threw a rock at the front windshield.

R E S ID E NT IAL BU R GLA RY  2000 block of Spink Street NW--A

minor was inside the house when the alarm sounded and he heard footsteps downstairs. The youth later discovered the kitchen window broken and a Samsung Curve 64-inch TV was stolen.  1200 block of Defoor Vil-

lage--An Xbox, jewelry, clothing, shoes, an Apple iPad, gold and silver rings, a pendant, projector, two zoom camera lenses and teeth whitening kits were taken from an apartment.

son projector, two bottles of Dom Perignon, an LG speaker plate, and an HP All-In-One printer were taken. No signs of forced entry.  800 block of Wildwood Road NE--A

black-and-silver Giant TCR Composite bicycle was stolen from a woman’s garage.  1700 block of Pine Ridge Road NE--The

victim heard the back door chime and went downstairs to look around. The back door was left unlocked and a purse and set of vehicle keys left within arm’s reach of the back door were taken.

C O M M E R C I A L B U R G L A RY  1700 block of Howell Mills Road--A

rock was thrown into a window at a doughnut shop and $150 in cash was stolen from the register.  3100 block of Peachtree Road NE--Sur-

veillance footage shows a white Ford F-350 pulling up to a high-end men’s boutique and repeatedly ramming the front door until between six and eight men were able to break into the store. Several pieces of high-end clothing and two cash registers with $700 in cash were taken.  1900 block of Ardmore Road NW--A

ladder was propped up against the side of a shed leading to two open windows. Several tools were stolen from the shed. 2400 block of Cheshire Bridge Road-Both office doors of a car repair shop were left open and unlocked, and a 50-inch TV and bracket mount were reported stolen.

Drive--A woman reported someone knocking on the door of her house. When she looked outside she saw a white pickup truck parked in the driveway and heard someone whispering to her cat.  1600 block of Mount Paran Road NW-

-A basement door was found open and an interior door kicked in. A Dell laptop, Apple iPad 2 and Nikon D3300 camcorder were taken. Huff Road NW-A diamond-en-

 300 block of Pharr Drive NE --An Ep-

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crusted shark tooth necklace was stolen from an apartment. The front door was unlocked and a set of keys and maintenance paperwork were left inside.

 1900 block of Howell Mill Road--A door at a restaurant was pried open and two shop vac and a small fold-up scaffold were taken.  1500 block of Howell Mill Road--A

forced entry was reported at an import store. File cabinets were opened, and papers and files thrown on the floor. Wires to the alarm, cable and telephone were cut. No items stolen.



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