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‘We rose to the occasion’ Students faced hardships, discrimina�ion and many challenges

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‘Lynwood Integrators’ honored for courage during desegregation BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

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Jamie Chatman, one of the “Lynwood Integrators,” attends a Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day dinner and celebration honoring the 17 students who integrated Cross Keys High School nearly 50 years ago. The Jan. 18 program, held at Lynwood Park Recreation Center, featured comments by graduates of Lynwood High School, Cross Keys High School and Chamblee Charter High School. See addi�ional photos on page 13.►

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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. ►

Eugenia Calloway flipped through the pages of the 1968 Cross Keys High School yearbook, glancing over the photographs of many white faces. But in the back of the yearbook she found first the boys’ basketball team and then the girls’ basketball team. “That’s me,” she said, pointing to the smiling girl at the far right in the girls’ varsity team photo. One other black girl was on the far left; all the players and the coaches in between were white. “That’s when I had the most fun, when I was playing basketball,” she said. Calloway was one of 17 students who integrated Cross Keys High School nearly 50 years ago, part of that first group of black students to attend an all-white school in DeKalb County and now known as the “Lynwood Integrators.” Continued on page 12

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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

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

City officials are preparing to look for a new city manager to replace Marie Garrett, who held the job since Brookhaven’s inception. A national search for a new city manager was expected to begin as soon as details of a separation between the city and Garrett could be reached. Council members met behind closed doors with Garrett and a mediation attorney on Jan. 20 to try to work out an agreement. Mayor John Ernst and members of City Countinued on page 14


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Cross Keys parents dissatisfied with plans to alleviate overcrowding BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net DeKalb County school officials laid out five redistricting options they said would alleviate the overcrowding in the Cross Keys cluster next year, but several concerned parents and family members said the suggestions do nothing to help. Hundreds of parents packed the gym at Sequoyah Middle School on Jan. 14 to hear the DeKalb County Public Schools’ options to relocate students from one school to another in a temporary effort to lessen overcrowding at schools including Cross Keys clusters. Schools in the cluster are Cross Keys High School and Cary Reynolds, Sequoyah, Dresden, Montclair and Woodward elementary schools. “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.” “Any redistricting proposal must be accompanied by a commitment to build new schools,” she added. Lynn King, another concerned parent,

as safety, trafwas also disfic patterns pleased with and balancing the school disof special protrict’s proposgrams such as als. ESOL, or Eng“The county lish for Speakhas completely ers of Other forgotten about Languages. this area and Brookhavit’s not fair,” en Councilsaid King, who man Bates has two sons, DYANA BAGBY Mattison said ages 11 and he attend12, attending Lynn King joins in the discussion about overcrowding ed the meetChamblee Midin the Cross Keys High School cluster. ing as a repredle School and sentative of the council. “I think the Cross The Globe Academy. “The county hasn’t Keys overcrowding is a tremendous problistened to the concerns of citizens when lem. Good educational options equal ecowe tried to tell them 15 years ago this was nomic development,” he said. “I didn’t hear a problem.” discussion of new construction. You’ve got More than 100 portable classrooms, or to build new facilities. We are going to betrailers, have been installed at the Cross come a denser, more urban area over time.” Keys cluster schools to help with overThere are plans to build two new 900crowding; DeKalb school officials say the seat elementary schools as part of DeKalb cluster has nearly 2,000 more student than E-SPLOST V which goes to voters in May, it can really hold. and, if approved, construction is set to beThe redistricting options are, according gin in July 2017. to DeKalb County Public Schools, a way to “You’re pinning these new buildings on reduce portable classrooms for the next people voting for SPLOST, and that may school year. School officials also warned not happen,” King told Hans G. Williams, parents that students may not be sent to a planning analyst for DeKalb County Pubtheir closest school because of criteria such

lic Schools. “You can’t say you are going to build new schools in two years. That is false hope unless you are going to put it in writing that you will start on this date,.” Jose Mendez, 30, graduated from Cross Keys High School. He has a nephew at Cary Reynolds and two nieces – one a freshman, the other a senior – attending Cross Keys. He said students at Cross Keys don’t have lockers and are forced to carry their textbooks to each class. He also said he believes DeKalb officials are ignoring the Cross Keys cluster because of the high number of Hispanic students in the system. “Are they being this way because of the language barrier? I don’t want to say they are being racist, but it’s something similar to that,” he said. A Doraville resident for 38 years, O’Connor said the overcrowding began “a long time ago” when districts were “gerrymandered because they didn’t want certain economic groups to be with the upper echelon.” “Some of these [upper echelon] schools are under capacity. So many schools are closer than the ones they are redistricting these students to, and they [the school district] is pretending they are doing something safe. They are just shifting kids from place to place,” she said.

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History Center exhibit highlights Atlanta’s past in 50 objects BY JOE EARLE joeearle@reporternewspapers.net 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 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. 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

lanta? “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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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.

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Dunwoody council members concerned about traffic around proposed Dunwoody Crown Towers BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net 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 johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

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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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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Crime stats editor@reporternewspapers.net 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 editor@reporternewspapers.ne 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 cy.org. 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 editor@reporternewspapers.net 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 editor@reporternewspapers.ne 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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“I am gay. I wouldn’t want to spend my money where I’m not wanted.” A 39-year-old Atlanta man

Respondents who want the proposed law rejected wrote:

“Separate church and state!” A 35-year-old Dunwoody woman

“This country was founded on the principals of religious freedom, and it is important that those principals are upheld as long as it is not to the detriment of others. ” A 37-year-old man who lives in Buckhead

Respondents who want the proposed law approved wrote:

“I don’t think businesses should have the discretion to turn away customers because of their religious or sexual preference.” A 31-year-old Sandy Springs man

“Private businesses should be able to serve whomever they want. If others do not agree with them, they will not shop there, which would only hurt their business.”

“Religion shouldn’t be used to veil bigotry.” A 30-year-old Atlanta resident

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“I believe you should be able to sell to whom you choose to sell to.” A 54-year-old Sandy Springs man

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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 middle-school 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. Simrobinjm@earthlink.net. ply 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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‘Lynwood Integrators’ honored for courage during desegregation era Countinued from page 1 “It was interesting, to be taken from a predominantly black school to an allwhite school,” Calloway said. “There were a lot of interesting days. We made it through.”

‘Difficult transition’ to be forced to attend white school On Jan. 18, at Lynwood Park Community Center, the city of Brookhaven honored Calloway and the other Lynwood Integrators during a dinner and ceremony to also commemorate its first Martin Luther King Jr. Day event. Lynwood Park Community Center was once the elementary and high school in Brookhaven’s historic African-American community. Some students also integrated Chamblee High School. Councilmember Linley Jones organized the event along with many Lynwood Park residents. She explained that it wasn’t until 1968 — 14 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that public schools were to be desegregated — that DeKalb County schools became integrated. Much of the evening was given to the integrators to talk about their experiences of having to leave the “safe haven” of their community’s Lynwood school to ride buses to the formerly all-white schools. “It was a very difficult transition,” said Kelly Wells, who became a DeKalb educator and principal at Montgomery and

Montclair Elementary schools. “Teachers were frightened of us. We were treated practically as foreigners. We were smart at our school and all of a sudden we were dumb. But we rose to the occasion and we had to support each other.” Margaret Sawyer said she remembered being spit on when attending Cross Keys High School. “I remember telling my parents, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ And it was there I found out I really was a colored girl,” she recalled. Gary McDaniel remembered the first day he and the 16 other students pulled up to Cross Keys High School on the bus. “There were 500 people waiting, looking at you dead in the eye. When we got to school that first day … I didn’t get scared. I had butterflies, but I couldn’t get scared because I had to protect,” he said.

City issues proclamation honoring Lynwood Integrators The evening ended with Mayor John Ernst reading a proclamation to pay a tribute to the students for their “courage and contribution” to the city’s Civil Rights movement and the crowd singing the Lynwood Park High School’s alma mater. Special guests included former Lynwood Park residents Dr. Melvin Pender, who won Olympic gold for the 4x100 meter relay at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City; and Steve Wallace, who helped win Super Bowls for the San Francisco 49ers in 1988, 1989 and 1994.

The proclamation from the city of Brookhaven Historical Lynwood Park was once home to segregated, all-black public schools known as Lynwood Park Elementary School and Lynwood Park High School; and In 1954, the United States Supreme Court found racial segregation of public schools to be illegal and unconstitutional in the case of Brown v. Board of Education Topeka; and In 1955 the United States Supreme Court, in the case of Brown v. Board of Education Topeka, ordered all segregated public schools like Lynwood Park Elementary School and Lynwood Park High School to be desegregated, and In many instances the all-black public schools were not integrated but, instead, the students were removed from their schools and placed in all-white public schools; and In 1968, a small group of black students from the Lynwood Park schools bravely integrated the DeKalb County school system, leaving Lynwood Park schools and entering previously all-white DeKalb County schools; and These individuals, known as the “Lynwood Integrators,” were participants in one of the most important civil rights advancements in our nation’s history, the integration of American public schools; and The Lynwood Integrators withstood hardship, discrimination and all challenges attendant to their historic action; and The Lynwood Schools were subsequently shut down and converted to the Lynwood Community Center, serving the residents of Lynwood and Brookhaven to this day; and The city of Brookhaven wishes to honor the courage and contribution of the Lynwood Integrators. BK


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Barbara Shaw is all smiles to be part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day dinner and celebration at Lynwood Park Recreation Center on Jan. 18.

Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst, left, with Paster Donald Sawyer of Rise Again Ministries, right, attended the Martin Luther King Jr. Day dinner and celebration honoring the “Lynwood Integrators” on Jan. 18.

Jayden Holland, 8, a third grader at Atlanta Classic Academy, enjoys the fellowship offered during the celebration at Lynwood Community Center.

Dr. Melvin Pender, left, and wife Debbie, right, listen intently to the program. Pender, a former Lynwood Park resident, competed in the 1964 Olympics, and won a gold medal running the 4x100 meter relay in the 1968 Summer Olympics.

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Nationwide search planned for new city manager Countinued from page 1 Council suspended Garrett on Jan. 12. All city officials would say about the suspension was that contract negotiations with Garrett, who was paid $214,000 a year, had become “mired in conflict.” According to the city charter, the council must first suspend the city manager before it can fire her. Former mayor Rebecca Chase Williams said she was “surprised” to hear of Garrett’s suspension, but also added it was “not a complete shock” because the position is a mayoral appointment. “Marie has done a good job for the city. She is a really good manager for cities starting out,” Williams said. “The new mayor has a right to appoint a new city manager.” Kevin Fitzpatrick, employment lawyer for the city of Brookhaven, said mediation between the city and Garrett was the best option to try to avoid a lawsuit. “There are a couple of advantages to mediation. It can provide a quicker solution, it can also allow the parties to craft a solution rather than have one imposed

person Ann Marie Quill ison them by a judge,” Fitzsued this statement: patrick said. “It is worth a “There is a contract and play to do this because prothe city will honor whatevtracted litigation is expener its obligations are. Howsive.” ever, there are disputes What exactly caused which we have turned over the city and Garrett to have to our lawyers and cannot a serious falling out is unbe more specific than the known. However, Ernst mayor’s statement yesterhinted on the reason in a day.” Jan. 12 statement: Garrett’s contract with “The city honors its obthe city states she will religations. Unfortunately Marie Garrett ceive a payment in inthe contract negotiated by stallments equal to nine previous administrations months salary and a lump is ambiguous and does sum for unpaid personal leave. not allow the city to know what its duThe city will also, for nine months, ties are,” he said. “While working toward continue to contribute to Garrett’s rean orderly transition, we have become tirement annuity, and will also pay her mired in conflict over the terms and conhealth insurance, life insurance, and ditions of that agreement. The responshort and long-term disability during sible thing to do is to have a third parthis time. ty resolve these disputes. We wish Marie Police Chief Gary Yandura was apGarrett well.” pointed by Ernst as interim city managWhen the city was asked if Garrett er with council approval. Yandura makes would receive a hefty severance package $135,000 a year and whether or not his totaling nine month’s salary, city spokes-

pay will increase while he serves as interim city manager has yet to be decided, according to Quill. Garrett was paid $214,000 a year heading up the administration of the city of Brookhaven; Brookhaven’s approximate population in 2014 was 51,000. In contrast, Dunwoody, with a population of approximately 48,000, pays its city manager $171,000 a year, according to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. In Sandy Springs, the population is about 102,000 and the city manager is paid $215,000 annually, according to the GDCA. Garrett was said to be possibly the highest paid city manager in the state when she was hired full-time. Garrett has been paid at the same salary rate of $214,000 a year before her contract was approved in 2014. She had the opportunity to earn additional pay through consulting fees if she worked more than the 40 hours a week in her agreement to be Brookhaven’s interim city manager.

Brookhaven Briefs Brookhaven council approves amended noise ordinance

The Brookhaven City Council approved Jan. 12 an amended noise ordinance to redefine when daytime and nighttime hours are and at what sound levels are acceptable during these times. Daytime hours now defined by the city ordinance are between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Nighttime hours are 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and midnight to 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A business could lose its liquor license if it violates the noise ordinance twice within six months or three times in a year, explained City Attorney Chris Balch.

City attorney to be paid $20,000 monthly fee Brookhaven City Attorney Chris Balch was hired by City Council at its Jan. 12 meeting and will be paid a flat $20,000 monthly retainer fee as part of a new agreement. The city’s previous attorney, Tom Kurrie, who resigned last year amidst claims he covered up a sexual harassment allegation against former mayor J. Max Davis, had an open-ended agreement with the city. Balch was hired by the city as interim city attorney in June. Balch will be also be paid a $165 hourly fee for work in which he provides direct representation for the city, such as litigation, appearances before the Zoning Board of Appeals and appearances before the Alcohol License Review board. The city will also pay a $90 hourly paralegal fee for this work.

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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: http://act3productions.org 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.

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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: www.gallowayschool.org. 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: www.trinityatl.org 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: www.bhnp.org. 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: Cassandraw@mixwithintegrity.com. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Questions? Email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us.

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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@ co.fulton.ga.us 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: leah.germon@fultoncountyga.gov or visit the Sandy Springs Library to sign up. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

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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: www.cathedralantiques.org.

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: http://tartantrot.com.

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Puppetry Arts Center expands under Atlanta’s own puppet master BY JOE EARLE joeearle@reporternewspapers.net

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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tion, too. The museum, after all, is a place to see the long, artful history of all sorts of puppets. “Puppetry can be a touchstone to so many kinds of things,” he said. “It’s a unique art form. ... It has touched lives for many, many years.”

JOE EARLE Vince Anthony strolls through the new Jim Henson exhibit at the Center for Puppetry Arts museum.

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R O B B E RY  3300 block of Buford Highway—On

Jan. 10, report of strong arm (no weapon) street robbery.

Road—On Jan. 4, theft from vehicle reported.  1800 block of Corporate Boulevard—

On Jan. 4, report of theft from a vehicle.

Jan. 3, report of stolen vehicle recovery.

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 2200 block of North Druid Hills

 Johnson Ferry Road/Ashford Dun-

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 2900 block of Clairmont Road—On

 3600 block of Buford Highway—On

Jan. 4, report of fraudulent activity.

Jan. 10, report of strong arm residential robbery.

 3500 block of Buford Highway—On

A S S AU LT  1400 block of Sylvan Circle—On Jan. 1,

Road—On Jan. 1, wanted person located was reported.

 1500 block of Lake Hearn Drive—On

Jan. 12, report of forgery.

 2700 block of Buford Highway—On

Jan. 1, arrest was made for city ordinance violation.

 1300 block of Keys Lake Drive—On

Jan. 12, report of sexual assault.  2900 block of Clairmont Road—On

Jan. 12, report of battery.

THEFT  2100 block of Oglethorpe Drive—On

Jan. 1, theft was reported.  4200 block of Peachtree Road—On

 1400 block of Dresden Drive—On Jan.

5, report of theft from vehicle.  3900 block of Ashford Dunwoody

Road/Chaucer Lane—On Jan. 5, report of theft from vehicle.  4300 block of Peachtree Road—On

Jan. 11, report of theft from vehicle.  1100 block of Standard Drive—On Jan.

11, report of theft.

Jan. 2, report of theft.  1600 block of Northeast Express-

way—On Jan. 2, report of theft from vehicle.  1800 block of North Druid Hills

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block of Peachtree Road/ Brookhaven Drive—On Jan. 3, report of auto theft.

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 Peachtree Road/Redding Road—On

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block of Tullie Circle/Tullie Road—On Jan. 1, arrest for battery/family violence.

report of stalking. Jan. 4, report o damage to business property.  2900 block of Clairmont Road—On

Jan. 4, report of damage to property. 

Road— On Jan. 2, arrest for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

1800 block of Corporate Boulevard—On Jan. 5, report of runway juvenile.

 3700 block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 5, report of damage to private property.

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 3900 block of Peachtree Road—On Jan. 10, report of death investigation.  3300 block of Buford Highway—On

Jan. 11, report of a death investigation.

On Jan. 5, an arrest for criminal trespass.

 2600 block of Buford Highway—On

 3800 block of Peachtree Road—On

Jan. 11, report of harassing communication.

Jan. 10, report of four arrests for robbery.  3300 block of Buford Highway—On

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Jan. 3, report of battery.

Jan. 1, lost and found property reported.

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PRESENTS

A G M G I E B SUNDAY FEB. 7TH

HOSTED BY SOUTHSIDE STEVE

• FREE BUFFET CHILI DOGS, HAMBURGER SLIDERS & NACHOS 6:30PM TIL 8:30PM • TICKET GIVEAWAYS • 10 JUMBO WINGS & 5 BEERS JUST $20 ALL NIGHT • ENJOY THE GAME ON OUR LARGE TV’S • LIVE EXCLUSIVE HALF-TIME SHOW

KICKOFF @ 6:30PM 1837 CORPORATE BLVD., N.E. • ATLANTA 30329 • (404) 634-6396 I-85, EXIT 89, NORTH DRUID HILLS/RIGHT ON BUFORD HWY./NEXT RIGHT BK


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presents

Westin Perimeter Band X

7:00 PM

$100/person

Silent Auction

Tasting the City One Bite at a Time

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01-22-2016 Brookhaven Reporter  
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