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New restaurant, retail center coming to Dunwoody Village

Serving up a giant Lenten fish fry

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Volunteers work the line at the All Saints Catholic Church fish fry, held Fridays during Lent and hosted by the Knights of Columbus. The annual fish fry serves approximately 1,400 people each night and raises about $26,000 each year to be donated to various charities. See story, page 3.►

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Dunwoody City Council has approved three special land use permits to allow a developer to build a restaurant and retail center in Dunwoody Village that includes more parking than allowed by current zoning. The council’s 4-2 vote on March 13 vote gives the go-ahead for developer Jacob Lang to begin an environmental assessment on the less than 1-acre parcel at 5465 ChambleeDunwoody Road, where a Chevron gas station and auto repair shop now are located. If the environmental studies show cleanup of the site to be affordable and safe, the developer will plan to start building a restaurant and retail complex within two years. Voting in favor of approving the SLUPs were Mayor Denis Shortal and Councilmembers Doug Thompson, Pam Tallmadge and Terry Nall. Voting against were Councilmembers John Heneghan and Lynn Deutsch. See NEW on page 14

‘Visit a Mosque Day’ brings cultures together BY DYANA BAGBY

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Members of a Dunwoody mosque say the city’s elected officials and leaders have welcomed them warmly into the community and say they feel safe despite threats to other metro Atlanta mosques in recent weeks. Several local residents, including Councilmembers Lynn Deutsch and John Heneghan, took advantage of “Visit a Mosque Day” on March 11 to check out the Masjid Uthman mosque located in the DunSee VISIT on page 10

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Shortal: ‘We are one Dunwoody’ BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Mayor Denis Shortal gave Dunwoody’s 8th annual “State of the City” address, saying that his administration is about ensuring a high quality of life for the city’s residents and also abiding by the creed that “we are one Dunwoody.” “We are inclusive, we are welcoming, we are a group of people … with very diverse backgrounds,” Shortal told the crowd gathered March 9 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel. “But yet we are one Dunwoody.” Shortal, delivering his second State of the City speech, said the city of Dunwoody “cannot live in a vacuum” and praised the relationships the city has with the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners as well as neighboring cities of Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Chamblee. “I’m encouraged by the expertise and knowledge of the DeKalb Board of Commissioners,” he said. The event, presented by the city and the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, featured a reception with free heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with dozens of tables sponsored by local businesses and community organizations as well as seats for the general public. Shortal also noted the Peachtree Gateway Partnership formed by Dunwoody,

city’s first responders — the Dunwoody Police Department and the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department. He also thanked the numerous nonprofBrookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville it and community organizations in the and said the cities are working on ensurcity as well as its clergy ing multi-use trails conmembers. nect up to one another “All these groups when crossing city bormake our city a better ders. Dunwoody,” he said. One project ShortHe noted there are al said he hopes the city 87 residents sitting on can complete one day is city boards and comto run a multi-use trail missions, including four from North ShallowDunwoody High School ford Road beneath I-285 students, who volunteer to connect to Brookhavtheir time to serve the en’s Peachtree Creek Grecity. enway project, which DYANA BAGBY The city’s Parks will eventually connect Above, Mayor Denis Shortal delivers the “State of the City” at Master Plan should be to PATH400 and then the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel. finalized by the end of to the Atlanta Beltline. this year, Shortal said, and the city is The crowd applauded Shortal’s mention moving toward beginning construction of this idea. The concept is in its infancy, of two new baseball fields at Peachtree however, and nothing concrete has been Charter Middle School. developed, according to city officials. An independent schools district bill Shortal also mentioned the Winsponsored by state Rep. Tom Taylor of ters Chapel Peachtree Industrial BouleDunwoody did not gain traction this year vard study, “a study being conducted of in the General Assembly. The city will conthe area to help establish a communitytinue to pursue searching for ways to enbased vision and action plan to guide fuhance the city’s schools, Shortal said. “Our ture investment in and improvement of school children are our purpose,” he said. the area,” according to the city. The projShortal, who campaigned for mayect is expected to begin in mid-2017. or on promising more paving, said just Shortal praised the city’s veterans over 11 miles of roads are set to be paved and noted that last year the city became in 2017 and slightly more than 36 miles a Purple Heart City. He thanked the

are planned to be paved over the next five years. Since 2009, when the city was incorporated, the city has paved 52.2 miles or road, Shortal said. In 2016, more than 30 miles of roadway was paved, he added. Shortal also said the purchase of a building to house City Hall was a significant milestone in the city’s history, calling it a wise investment with an ideal location on Ashford-Dunwoody Road between the booming business community of Perimeter Center and the calm of residential neighborhoods. “This is a place we can call our own,” he said. The city also has a new logo, created by three Dunwoody residents who volunteered their time, and Shortal thanked them for providing the service. He also said it would be wise for the city to use residents who have expertise in certain areas to volunteer their time on certain projects rather than to pay consultants. The design team for the logo was made up of Jay Kapp, president and CEO of Kapp Concepts; Mike Martin, chief creative officer for Jackson Spalding; and Heyward Wescott, president and CEO of Custom Signs Today. “There is a lot of talent in our city,” said Shortal. “These professionals donated their time because they cared about their city.” In wrapping up his speech, Shortal also stressed his firm belief that Dunwoody is a family. “We’re about community, we’re about family,” he said. “This is our Dunwoody.”

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Catholic fish fry feeds 1,400 a night BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Every Friday during Lent, the gymnasium at All Saints Catholic Church transforms into the largest restaurant in the city, serving upwards of 1,400 people between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. While standing in the long line to give your order at the weekly Knights of Columbus fish fry, be sure to grab a cold one, too. “You can get beer and wine for $2 for the best happy hour in town,” Stephen Nelson said with a laugh as he grabbed cans and bottles from a tub of ice to serve thirsty patrons. This year the Knights of Columbus are celebrating two decades of serving fish during the Fridays of Lent, the Christian season of prayer and self-denial that precedes Easter. The next fish fry is set for March 31 and the last one of the year is scheduled for April 7. All Saints’ patrons can get plates with French fries, green beans, potatoes and, of course, the fish – fried fish, fried shrimp, broiled fish, salmon and even clam chowder. “We serve about one plate every seven seconds,” said BJ Van Gundy. “It’s a lot of fun and we raise a lot of money. It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year and we usually bring in about $25,000 to $26,000.” All the money raised is donated to various charities the church supports, he said. In the sweltering kitchen, more than a dozen men are planted in front of various stations in front of fryers or in front of a buffet where they read off and then plate the hundreds of orders. How do they stay so cool in such heat? “Water or beer,” Douglas Newlands said as he carefully watched his fish fryer. The gymnasium seats 400 people at DUN

dozens of tables that are set up throughout. At one table, women of the church rapidly wrap plastic ware in napkins to ensure everyone has a fork and knife to eat their hot meal. E.J. Couvillion is the emcee for the evening as he announces the names of every family’s order and looks for raised, waving hands in the crowd to point the server to deliver dinner. Katy Cowan of Sandy Springs was attending a recent Friday fish fry with her mom, her mom’s husband, and her two daughters, Madelyn, 11, and Molly, 8. “This is the best fish fry around,” Molly said. “Their clam chowder is awesome,” added Katy Cowan. Molly and Madelyn attend St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs and the family always comes to All Saints when their church is not having a fish fry, said Katy Cowan. “This is a really good fish fry ... and the service is really good,” Madelyn said. Pilar Diller, a longtime member of All Saints, is always the first person in line, getting to the church and in her spot at 4:15 p.m., before the rush. She also has another reason for her early arrival – to see what members of the women’s guilds are serving for dessert as part of the bake sale and discovering which offerings are homemade and which ones aren’t. “I like to be here first so I can see which ones are homemade and which ones come from Costco,” she said with a smile as she finished up her fish supper. She shows off a box of homemade cake and pie and said she is taking the desserts home to eat with a glass of milk. Supporting the fish fry, though, is important because the money raised is given back to the community, Diller said. “This is a good thing for the community,” she said. “God is happy and my stomach is happy.”

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At left, Bruce Barker, foreground, spoons a heap of macaroni and cheese on a plate ready to be served. At right, BJ Van Gundy (on right) greets Pilar Miller at a recent fish fry. Miller is typically the first person in line at the fish fry, arriving 45 minutes before the first order is taken.

ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC CHURCH FISH FRY Address: 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Dates: March 24, 31 and April 7 Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Info: allsaints.us/KnightsofColumbusFish-Fry or 770-393-3255.

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Group aims to unify metro Atlanta against anti-Semitism BY JOHN RUCH

my community,” she said “I think what happened to me personally is, I started to feel a twinge of fear.” A Dunwoody homemaker’s outMenis described several influences. rage over recent anti-Semitic threats She has previously visited Whitefish, a and vandalism across the country has Montana resort town now notorious as spawned a rapidly growing advocacy ora home of the “alt-right” white nationganization that hopes to send a nationalist movement that gained publicity wide message against fear and hate. for supporting Donald Trump’s presi“I want to stand up and be as loud dential campaign and which Trump latas the people making er denounced. She was the bomb threats,” said angered by posts inLauren Menis, foundsulting Muslims made er of the new Atlanta on the Facebook acInitiative Against Anticount of a former DunSemitism. woody assistant city Menis’s text-mesattorney who said his sage chats with other account was hacked. Davis Academy moms The final straw, she last month snowsaid, was news reports balled into the crein February about deseation of AIAAS, which cration of a Jewish cemhas already won supetery in Philadelphia, port from the regionone of several such al chapters of the Anvandalism incidents ti-Defamation League around the nation. SPECIAL and the American Jew- Lauren Menis, founder of Atlanta “I thought to myself, Initiative Against Anti-Semitism. ish Committee. ‘I have to do something The group hopes about anti-Semitism,’” eventually to hold some kind of public Menis said. town hall forums. On March 30, it plans With her journalism background, a private organizing meeting that repreMenis said, “I wanted a media statesentatives of local governments and rement: ‘Atlanta decries anti-Semitism.’” ligious and cultural groups will attend, She acknowledged that AIAAS’s orincluding some Dunwoody City Counganizers have yet to come up with a cil members and the Sandy Springs pomore solid agenda, which will be a folice chief. cus of the March 30 meeting. “I am very impressed by the grassHowever, the effort seems to be taproots efforts that Lauren has creatping a desire for more discussion about ed,” said Dov Wilker, regional director anti-Semitism. The ADL and the Amerof the American Jewish Committee’s ican Jewish Committee have signed on Buckhead-based Atlanta chapter. “The as co-sponsors of the organizing meetgreater awareness we bring to the issue ing, and many prominent groups are of anti-Semitism, the better off we will sending representatives, including the all be. If we are able to create compleMJCCA, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festimentary efforts to combat anti-Semival, the Davis Academy and the Weber tism, we will be able to have a greater School. impact than by ourselves.” Sandy Springs city Communications Menis is Jewish, but “not particularDirector Sharon Kraun, who is Jewish ly religious,” and said she has not been and said she is well aware of the nationinvolved in advocacy organizing beal threats, will attend along with Police fore. Her background is in the media as Chief Ken DeSimone. a producer at CNN and a local newspa“We’ll go and listen,” Kraun said, per columnist. adding that city officials are curious to The north Perimeter area has a large hear AIAAS’ agenda. Jewish population and such cultural “As far as anti-Semitism, the city institutions as the “Anne Frank in the has been very vocal that we don’t tolerWorld” exhibit in Sandy Springs. Two ate any kind of behavior that is against local organizations — the ADL’s Southanyone,” Kraun said. “We support any east regional office in Buckhead and effort that is combatting hate and intolDunwoody’s Marcus Jewish Communierance.” ty Center of Atlanta — have received Menis said that one potential funcbomb threats recently. tion of AIAAS — whose founding group Menis said her activism is not in rehas a Muslim member — is bringing tosponse to any local anti-Semitic incigether leaders from beyond the Jewish dents, but rather to the nationwide rise community. in threats and general intolerance. “Anti-Semitism isn’t a Jewish prob“I have never had a problem with anlem,” she said. “It’s a community probti-Semitism and I feel perfectly safe in lem.” johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

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Crime watches go high-tech with apps, cameras BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Neighborhood crime watches have been around since the 1970s. But these days, they’re increasingly going digital with apps and cameras, and local police departments are looking to plug in. Police in Sandy Springs are among those watching the rise of crime talk on such social apps as Nextdoor — and seeking ways to better use it for crime prevention. At a recent High Point Civic Association meeting, Capt. Steve Rose, the commander of the Sandy Springs Police Department’s South District, talked about seeing residents on Nextdoor sharing stories about a suspicious character, but then all forgetting to call the police. “The Nextdoor app seems to be the most popular app, and we have our own Nextdoor site as well as monitoring the individual community sites,” Rose said later in an email. “For us, the hope would be that we can almost directly communicate with any of the various HOAs or civic associations through their Nextdoor sites or their websites, because we can push out crime information, but also correct inaccurate information, which is all too common.” As a wave of car-breaks and burglaries appears to move northward from Buckhead neighborhoods, old-fashioned crime watches are popular, too. But they’re still talking technology. At a recent meeting of a Brookhaven homeowners association, according to one resident, the crowd was unusually large due to a number of car break-ins. The HOA discussed a new Georgia Power Co. program through which the power company plans to rent security cameras on its own power poles for surveillance of private property, with the feed accessible by police. The HOA was especially interested in a license-plate reader version of the camera. The Georgia Power camera program, set to launch this spring, is still being planned quietly, its existence apparently first revealed by a discussion at a January Sandy Springs City Council meeting. Dunwoody police said they were not aware of the camera program, while Atlanta police said they were. The company previously said the program will kick off with offerings only to commercial, not residential, property owners. Georgia Power spokesperson John Kraft said company officials “continue to study and develop the options customers say they want from a service of this kind, including a license-plate reader option.” Brookhaven police did not respond to questions. However, the department recently launched “Operation Plugged In,” a service allowing police access to private security cameras. While social media can bring neigh-

bors together, it also can cause potentially dangerous rumors to spread like wildfire. At the civic association meeting in Sandy Springs, Rose gave more details of a Brookhaven incident in January that began with a deliberately false report of a shooting. Sandy Springs officers were

FORMING A CRIME WATCH IN YOUR AREA BROOKHAVEN See brookhavenga.gov/police/neighborhood-watch. BUCKHEAD Call a Crime Prevention Inspector for the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 2 precinct at 404-848-7231. DUNWOODY See nnw.org and follow up with Officer Mark Stevens, the neighborhood watch liaison, at Mark. Stevens@dunwoodyga.gov. SANDY SPRINGS South District residents can contact Community Service Officer Cory Begeal at cbegeal@sandyspringsga.gov. North District residents can call 770-551-3309. If you don’t know which district you’re in, call police headquarters at 770-551-6900.

among those responding as part of the regional North Metro SWAT team. Rose said that while police tried to figure out the situation, a resident on Twitter sent out a message about a supposed “active shooter.” That rumor, Rose said, led another resident to get out a shotgun for self-defense, which he then accidentally fired into his bed. SWAT members then surrounded that house, mistakenly thinking it was the non-existent gunman.

“The whole thing was a comedy of errors, but that can go sideways,” Rose said. Meanwhile, local police departments encourage the formation of crime watches. “We are going to review all of our current programs and jump-start those that have become inactive,” Rose said. “We are also going to design a new neighborhood watch sign. We will be replacing all of the existing signs with one uniform sign with our brand on it.”

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I don’t hear that plans and offer same-day appointments for sick visits. “I’m not saying Fran argument.” is parochial,” he said. “I tell you, 10 years ago Our Services Include: “He’s got some legitimate maybe, in Fulton Coun• Physical examinations & wellness care for men, women & children concerns in DeKalb on ty, but doggone it, it’s not • General and chronic care for geriatric patients whether they’ve got the there now … or at such a • Immunizations cooperative approach low level it’s not at noise we’ve developed in Fulvolume,” Eaves said. • Acute illness treatment for colds, fevers, flu & more ton County.” “You don’t hear this [talk Thurmond said about] MARTA’s going to DeKalb still needs to bring crime.” climb that first step in Paul and Millar agree bringing city and county on one major issue — leaders together. that the state needs to State Sen. 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Paul calls the cooperation he now sees in Fulton “a sea change” in “putting aside racial, partisan and geographic differences.” He said he now views Fulton cities as “Lego blocks” connecting together. “It comes down to leadership … If you don’t have forward-looking leadership, if you only have people parochial in their viewpoints, you won’t get anywhere,” Paul said. Losing Eaves as chairman for the Atlanta mayoral concerns Paul. “Is someone goNOBODY A COLONOSCOPY ing to step up and continue the cooperative environment, or someone who drags BUT MANY COLON CANCER DEATHS COULD HAVE us back to the old dark days of us versus BEEN PREVENTED WITH ROUTINE SCREENING them?” Paul asked. 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It seems everyone has an opinion about “public art.” And why not? It tends to have a major impact on communities. It inspires, amuses, and challenges people. It captures the time in which it is created and installed. Public art can help make parks and greenspaces especially distinctive and memorable. Public buildings and plazas can host modestly sized to monumental art installations that reflect the character of the community. Small nooks and mini-greenspaces can showcase small-scale wonderful works. One major issue with public art is that it is often controversial, sometimes wildly so. Government officials and public authorities seldom embrace controversy. That’s perfectly understandable. However, the flip-side can be bland and boring “safe” art that seldom merits much attention. In fact, the “safest” art usually is derided, being controversial because it is so uninteresting. Ideally, a piece of public art will capture the imagination and stir the souls of many people, whether through beauty, simplicity (or complexity), subject matter, its style, etc. But it may fail to connect with other people whose tastes are different or who just

don’t get it. Sometimes a piece of public art is universally embraced by a community; occasionally a work is overwhelmingly panned. But it attracts attention Bob Kinsey and generates diCEO alogue, and those Spruill Center are major attrifor the Arts butes of public art. Moving beyond issues of controversy, it is often said that all great cities have great art. That is undeniably true, as evidenced by cities throughout the world. But a community does not have to be New York City or Paris to have great art. Inspiring public art is also found from small towns to allsized cities. As CEO of the Spruill Center for the Arts, and a frequent traveler, I get to see the good, the bad, the ugly, and the “what were they thinking” when it comes to public art. I am a firm believer that key roles of public art are to: 1) capture the character of the community in which it is displayed; 2) make the people in that community feel

more a part of, and more proud of, the area in which they live; 3) be accessible to everyone at no charge; 4) enhance everyday life; and 5) help draw cultural tourists and economic development. The Spruill Center for the Arts, located in Dunwoody, is one of the largest community art centers in the southeastern United States. Thousands of students take art courses and workshops at Spruill Arts every year. There is also a professional artist gallery and gift shop in an historic 1867-1905 building on Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On a gallery outbuilding, a smokehouse dating from the 1840s, there has for years been a large mural that says, “Everything Will Be OK.” Originally a temporary exhibit piece by Jason Kofke, it has taken on iconic status as public art. Viewable from a major intersection, it is immensely popular and has changed lives: people struggling with cancer and other hardships have told us about the positive impact it has had on them. People also share with us the joy the mural has brought them. Engaged couples show up all the time to have their photos made beside the mural. So do many groups. It is amazing. Such is the power of public art. A new addition just behind the Spruill Gallery is a beautifully landscaped sculpture garden. Installations are being added, with many more planned. Some sculptures will be permanent; others will be displayed temporarily and then replaced with new pieces. While the garden is on private property, it is very accessible to the public. Spruill Arts will always do its best to foster a deep appreciation of public art. Please think for a moment what life would be like without public art: no Statue of Liberty, no Eiffel Tower, no entertaining roadside attractions. Let’s all take time in the hectic crush of every day to have our lives made richer and fuller by public art.

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At top, the trademark mural at the Spruill Gallery in Dunwoody. Above left, an image from a recent presentation by Spruill CEO Robert Kinsey shows graffiti taking the place of public art in Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park. Above right, an illustration of a sculpture by John Portman that soon will be installed in Buckhead’s Loudermilk Park as a major piece of public art.

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On Keats and pollen While at Trader Joe’s last week, I stopped to admire the display of flowers that were stationed outside the door, and I was successfully won over by the daffodils. I peered into the collection and pulled out a few pots, assessing their size and proportion of blossoms-to-buds, when a fellow shopper passed by. “Make yourself happy,” she said to me as she entered the store. She nailed it. That’s exactly why I was buying the flowers. Imparting happiness, injecting our world with buoyancy — that’s what flowers are for. Flowers are something like smiles. They are fleeting, but they brighten the world and lighten the spirit. They are gracious and elegant, yet attainable and commonRobin Conte is a writer place. They smack of indulgence, yet they are natural and mother of four who and gluten-free. During springtime in Atlanta, we are surrounded by lives in Dunwoody. She can be contacted at floral smiles. Our fluffy cherry trees, our feathery dogrobinjm@earthlink.net. woods, our brilliant azaleas are smiling at us from all sides, causing us to smile in return. And sneeze. They cause us to smile and sneeze and itch and dab our watery eyes. Don’t think I would fail to mention that. But back to the flowers. They also remind me of that famous line by John Keats (I looked it up), “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness…” Well, you and I know that unless it’s laminated or made of some form of stone, a thing doesn’t physically last forever. Flowers certainly don’t. I love irises. I love their double triumvirate of petals — one set arching skyward and one bowing gracefully toward the earth — but when cut, they are the mayfly of flowers, in that they die in about a day.

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Still, I love them. I love both the sight of them and the memory of them. Not meaning to launch into a dissertation on Keats, but rather to confine this poetic moment to a single paragraph more, I will admit that Keats was right there with me. He was not intending to laminate beautiful things; rather, he was rhapsodizing about nature as well as the pleasant remembrance of things that naturally die, “but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.” Obviously, though, Keats didn’t live in Atlanta, where all these things SPECIAL of beauty spew storms Robin Conte, reveling in the daffodils at her door. of ghastly yellow pollen that keep us sniffling and wheezing. There is no “quiet breathing” during spring in Atlanta, while we are gazing at our things of beauty. And that reminds me of another beauty-themed idiom, which is that beauty comes at a price. Thus, in my column for today, we have Keats on beauty, and pollen on flowers, and smiles on faces, and springtime in Atlanta. And I am going to attempt to tie all of these themes into a neat little bow and close by coining a phrase of my own: “A smile carries no pollen.” So this spring, plant flowers if it makes you happy. And smile.

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‘Visit a Mosque Day’ brings cultures together Continued from page 1 woody Park office complex and learn more about Islam. “I came out of curiosity and feel like where we are in the world today, and as a Jewish person, it is important to understand each other,” said Joan Dwoskin of Dunwoody, who visited the mosque with her 10-year-old daughter, Eden, and two friends, Catherine Lautenbacher and Darby Christopher. People of different faiths, backgrounds and culture share a common humanity, Dwoskin said, and despite the current political climate of nationalism, it is crucial people learn to understand each other. “We’re all the same,” she said. President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning people from several Muslim-majority countries from coming to the U.S. has put many Muslim people on alert. Last month, a mosque in Lawrenceville received a death threat via a letter and three other metro Atlanta mosques received threatening emails. In Dunwoody, though, members of Masjid Unthman said they are not afraid to worship. “We are really blessed,” said Zubair Faridi. “We have a good relationship with city officials. We don’t feel threatened. That relationship is more powerful than any threat. Despite the threats, we feel very comfortable.” During a PowerPoint presentation for the visitors on March 11, Faridi gave basic information about Islam, including information on the Pillars of Islam: faith, prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage to Mecca. Islam, with 1.6 billion followers, is the

second largest religion in the world, behind Christianity, which claims about 2.2 billion adherents, according to the Pew Research Center. Islam is also the fastest-growing religion in the world, Pew reports. Khalid Bashir of Dunwoody, a founding member of the Dunwoody mosque and a physician at Morehouse School of Medicine, said there are about 150 people who come to Friday prayers at the mosque while dozens of people visit the mosque every day during regular prayers. The mosque was founded in 2014 and was formerly housed on Mount Vernon Road. Members typically live and work in the Perimeter Center, Bashir said. “We do community service and outreach and a monthly food drive,” Bashir said. “We want to build bridges with other religions.” Bashir said Masjid Unthman has developed relationships with area churches, including Dunwoody Baptist Church. “It is good practice to reach out when times are good,” Bashir said. “Then in bad times we can vouch for each other.” Bashir said the mosque has received cards from people wishing its members well. “There are mainly good people in this country,” Bashir said. “But it is the negative that always gets the attention.” Bashir and Faridi also answered questions from visitors. Faridi explained the word “jihad,” that many have come to understand as meaning “holy war,” actually means an internal struggle to resist temptation. Faridi also explained that Masjid Uthman members are Sunni. The countries of Iran and Iraq are majority Shia, he said, while India is predominantly Sunni. DUN

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Eight candidates for 6th District seat make pitches to DHA BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Eight of the 18 candidates vying for the 6th Congressional District made short political pitches to members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association at its March 5 meeting, each trying to find a way to set themselves apart from the crowded field. Some embraced the new age of President Donald Trump, while others distanced themselves clearly from the president, setting the tone for the race for the district that includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Former 6th District Rep. Tom Price recently was appointed secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The DHA also plans to host a forum Sunday, April 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Dunwoody High School, for all 18 candidates. The special election is scheduled for April 18. If no one receives more than half the votes cast, a runoff of the two top vote-getters takes place in June. The candidates who spoke at the March 5 DHA meeting were independent Alexander Hernandez of Dunwoody, who works in the film industry, and Republicans Kurt Wilson of Alpharetta, a retailer and real estate company owner; Marietta economist Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan; former Johns Creek City Councilmember Bob Gray; and U.S. Air Force pilot Keith Grawert of Dunwoody. Democrats who spoke included Jon Ossoff, who runs a corruption-investigation firm; Tucker resident and Georgia State University professor of world languages and cultures Richard Keatley; and Ragin Edwards, a graduate of Pope High School

in Marietta in Cobb County, whose qualifying statement did not include an address. Other Republicans vying for the 6th District post are Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State; Bruce Levell, who owns a jewelry store in Dunwoody and headed up Trump’s national diversity coalition; David Abroms, businessman; William Llop, certified public accountant; former state senator Judson Hill; Tea Party activist Amy Kremer; and former state senator Dan Moody. Democrats also in the race are former state senator Ron Slotin and physician Rebecca Quigg. Another independent in the race is Andre Pollard, running in what he calls the “Tech Party.” Ossoff has garnered national media coverage as political pundits wonder if the traditionally Republican district can be flipped to Democratic as part of a movement against Trump. Ossoff touted his credentials as a former Congressional aide and the experience he gained on Capitol Hill working with the military and cybersecurity programs. “I saw what can get done in Washington, but I also saw Washington at its worst … and decided to leave,” he said. Ossoff now runs a small business that produces investigative films targeting corrupt politicians. The current political climate led him to seek to return to Washington, D.C., he said. “I believe we are at the most divisive, dangerous place in modern history,” he said. “And I don’t think the White House is leading by example.” If elected, Ossoff said among other things he would work to attract high-tech jobs to the state and the 6th District and

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focus on finding ways to improve the Affordable Healthcare Act. “I want to send a message that I believe America can be strong and secure and prosperous without sacrificing our core values,” he said. Bob Gray, who resigned his post as a Johns Creek Councilmember, said he was running for office “to save the American dream.” He said during the past eight to 15 years he has seen a country he “does not recognize.” “This is not the country we grew up in, not the country I grew up in,” he said. Issues troubling the country, Gray said, include illegal immigration, protests and a “departure of our fundamental core values” of self-reliance, independence and personal responsibility. Hernandez, of Dunwoody, said he was the “one and only true independent candidate” and chose to run as an independent because he believed politicians of both parties are beholden to corporate and special interest money. He said among other things he wanted to bring back a real jobs plan, modeled after President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s interstate highway construction project, to “get the country going again.” Wilson, of Alpharetta, said his main goal if elected would be to get a constitutional amendment approved for term limits. He also said he wants to get rid of the 16th amendment, which allows the

federal income tax, and replace it with a fair or flat tax. Grawert, a Marist graduate, said his running for office was “all about service” and “all about bringing accountability back to our government.” Edwards said she supports veterans, keeping Medicare and Social Security, education, women’s rights, civil rights and LGBT rights. “We see today Americans are at odds … and that’s because we have been made to line up behind a party,” she said. She said if elected she would create a way for constituents to vote themselves on bills coming before Congress. Bhuiyan, who goes by Mohammad Ali, is a Muslim Republican who moved to the U.S. from Bangledesh in 1986. He joked he was a lightweight, “but when I go to Washington I will fight for you and the Constitution like a heavyweight.” Bhuiyan said he became a U.S. citizen in 2000 “the right way.” He said he is seeking office because “it is time to give back to the country that gave so much to me.” Keatley, of Tucker, said it was wrong for people to take an anti-Trump or pro-Trump stance and added that issues facing Americans must be looked at individually. He said the most pressing issue facing the country is health care and that he does not support a repeal that would leave thousands of people without insurance.

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VOTERS GUIDE Meet the 6th Congressional District candidates

A total of 18 candidates are competing for the 6th Congressional District seat in an April 18 special election. The district—which includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs—was formerly represented by Tom Price, who left to become the new U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services. The Reporter asked all of the candidates for a biography and the answers to questions about their political stances. Nine candidates responded, and part of their answers appear below. For their full answers, including their positions on the Affordable Care Act, see ReporterNewspapers.net. The nine other candidates who did not respond to questions are: David Abroms, Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan, Bob Gray, Karen Handel, Judson Hill, Richard Keatley, Bruce LeVell, Dan Moody and Rebecca Quigg. Those candidates will be invited again to respond for the March 31 issue of the Reporter.


KEITH GRAWERT keithforgeorgia.com Occupation: Former active duty US Air Force officer and pilot. Current member of the Air National Guard.

Why should the voters choose you for this position? I’m originally from Dunwoody and graduated from Marist in 1999. My 6th District roots run deep, and I’m excited to return home after serving my country in the military. I’m a committed conservative, passionate about returning public service to public office. My loyalties and priorities are not to party but to country. I believe we need to return to a model of citizen servants in Congress, hold our politicians accountable to their constituents and the Constitution, and get to work on enacting the small government reforms we need to grow our economy and shrink our government.


RaginEdwards.com Occupation: Senior Manager, Global Sales Operations


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Occupation: Property Craftsperson

I am a professional and a mother. I have worked for the federal government as well as in the private sector. I graduated high school at Pope High in the 6th, and received the HOPE Scholarship and attended Georgia Tech. I am the only candidate who not only has a plan to effectively deal with the current issues at hand, but I also have a plan that will revolutionize the way our elected officials interact with their constituents. I will be a fighter for transparency in government and make sure the voice of the people is heard.


Why should the voters choose you for this position? Washington is broken because both parties put moneyed and special interest before the American people. My decision to run as an independent is to show voters that I will always put the people of Georgia’s 6th district before any special, moneyed or party interest. Our Congress is full of career politicians and moneyed and business folks. A large reason for the dysfunction in Washington is that there are no working-class Americans in Congress. Our campaign will show that we can send someone with working-class Christian values to Washington to represent the people, not the out-of-touch elites.

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Occupation: Political activist

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Why should the voters choose you for this position? Over the last nine years I have carried the values of the 6th District with me as I worked tirelessly to preserve freedom and liberty through electing conservatives like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and many others. I have been fighting for conservative issues and candidates across the country and I am now ready to fight directly for the 6th District.

Why should the voters choose you for this position? First, you should not need to raise millions of dollars to run for Congress. Let’s break the trend and send everyone a message by picking the better representatives. Based on my experiences, I represent more of District 6 residents than any of my opponents. I am married to a Latino. I have two teenage daughters, one in college, the other in high school. I have two smaller children, a 4-year-old daughter and an 18-month-old son. The same challenges many of my neighbors face, I also experience many of those and understand their cares, challenges and concerns.

WILLIAM LLOP williamllopcpaforcongress.com Occupation: CPA

Why should the voters choose you for this position? I have a clear understanding of the hurdles facing today’s business owner and taxpayers. For over 30 years, I have been advising business owners and taxpayers on how to be fiscally responsible. I have a clear understanding of hurdles that face the people of our district. My career and volunteer work have given me the opportunity to see our whole community. From the homeless person who needs job training and food, to the single parent struggling to raise their family, the corporate employee and the entrepreneur. I work in this community to support them all.


VotinforSlotin.com Occupation: Chief Marketing Officer, BrightWell Talent Solutions

Why should the voters choose you for this position? I have lived, worked, owned a business, raised my family and volunteered in the 6th District for over 15 years. I want to stop the fighting and gridlock in D.C. — and get real results for our community. While in the state Senate, I helped pass the HOPE Scholarship, which has helped more than 1.4 million students gain access to a college or vocational education.


Occupation: Owner and CEO of Insight TWI: The World Investigates.

Kurt4Congress.com Occupation: Zaxby’s licensee, real estate company owner and cigar retailer

Why should the voters choose you for this position?

Why should the voters choose you for this position?

I worked as a staffer on Capitol Hill for five years, specializing in national security and defense policy. I went on to earn a master’s in economic policy, and now I run a small business that specializes in anti-corruption and organized crime investigations. My experience is especially important for Georgia right now because Washington is more divided than ever. People are concerned about the level of corruption and lack of transparency, and my investigative experience will help me effectively provide a check to the executive branch’s actions.

I am an ordinary citizen who is tired of how things are going in Washington, and I have decided to take action. We need critical changes in our government, and I have the courage and conviction to do the right thing and make tough choices to give rise to a stronger America. I believe in the American individual, and I want to remove those bureaucratic systems that take away power and freedom from regular citizens in order to make room for ordinary people to achieve massive success.




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Lang plans to demolish the Chevron building and construct a new 8,735-squarefoot building with a 2,503-square-foot restaurant and 6,232 square feet of retail space. The owner of the Chevron station property is seeking a bigger site for a new auto repair shop. Lang has not said publicly what businesses would be located at the site, but said Chipotle has showed interest in the past. Questions about cross access from Chamblee-Dunwoody Road through the current gas station property and to the adjacent Dunwoody Village property have been raised by Regency Centers, owners of Dunwoody Village. Regency Centers argues the easements, dating back to 1970, were granted for “complimentary use” such as

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a gas station and shopping center, and not “competitive use” such as retail and retail. Lang told the council at the March 13 meeting he believes he is on firm legal ground should Regency Centers decide to sue him concerning the easements. “If Regency decides to sue … I feel very confident we will win,” Lang said. “Either they will sue or we will see if they were just pushing me around.” Lang has said he believes Regency Centers is using the easements dispute to argue more parking is needed in Dunwoody Village. The most important SLUP allows for the property to have more parking spaces than allowed in the Dunwoody Village Overlay District, upping the number from 26 spaces to 36 spaces. At past meetings, Regency Centers representatives have said the new restaurant and retail complex would not have enough parking and that patrons would be forced to park in Dunwoody Village, taking up spaces that should go to customers of the stores and businesses in Dunwoody Village. No one from Regency Centers attended the March 13 meeting. Dunwoody Village’s parking restrictions were devised years ago to encourage walkability. However, much of the area includes vast parking lots. The council has approved more parking in recent months for several businesses seeking to locate in Dunwoody Village. The Dunwoody Village Overlay mandates only three spaces per 1,000 square feet of a business. Many developers have successfully argued that number is not enough for the businesses. Last November, the council unanimously approved a SLUP to make way for more parking for developers wanting to build a 5,800-square-foot restaurant/retail structure at the corner of Chamblee-Dunwoody and Mount Vernon roads, the site of an abandoned car wash and former Phillips 66 gas station. In September, the council approved more parking spaces for the relocation of a SunTrust bank branch office to the site of the vacant Old Hickory House at 5490 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. In August, the council approved more parking for a shopping and retail center proposed as a redevelopment of a shuttered Wells Fargo bank at the corner of Mount Vernon Road and Dunwoody Village Parkway.


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Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sundays, noon-5:30 p.m. This traveling exhibition created by the Belgian National Institute for Veterans and Victims of War will tour during the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I. Now at the Atlanta History Center, the exhibition honors the sacrifice of more than 116,000 U.S. military in the war. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Ticket info: atlantahistorycenter.com.



Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26 Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.

Capitol City Opera Company presents the Tony Award-winning musical “Man of La Mancha,” sung in English and accompanied by a five-piece chamber orchestra. Based on Cervantes’ 17th-century novel, “Don Quixote,” the musical is about an old man’s journey through a tale of knights, faithful companions, and infallible love. $40 general admission; $30 military with ID, seniors 60-plus and students with current ID. Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road N.E., Brookhaven. Info: ccityopera.org.

BROOKHAVEN CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

“THE CEMETERY CLUB” Through Sunday, April 9

Stage Door Players presents “The Cemetery Club,” a dramatic comedy by Ivan Menchell. Best friends for decades, three Jewish widows meet for tea and sympathy before their monthly visit to their husbands’ graves and find their friendships put to the test. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 ChambleeDunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Schedule and ticket info: stagedoorplayers.net.

A children’s village, classic car show, 5K race, 1K walk, pet parade and costume contest, arts and crafts market, music, food trucks and more are in store at the third annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival. Free. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven. Event registration and other info: www.brookcherryfest.org.

VISUAL ARTS HWAHYUN KIM: DREAM STATE Tuesday, March 21 to Saturday, March 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Through layers of pen markings, paint and thread, mixed-media artist Hwahyun Kim walks the line between reality and the subconscious in her solo exhibition, “Dream State.” Free. Spruill Gallery & Gift Shop, 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: spruillarts. org/gallery or 770394-4019.

CAJUN DANCE WITH FEUFOLLET Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m.-11 p.m.

The Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association presents the high-energy Cajun dance music of Feufollet. Cajun food for sale. Free dance classes in jitterbug and Cajun dance begin at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. No partner necessary. $18; $14 active military; $5 students. All ages welcome. Dorothy Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: aczadance.org or 877-338-2420.

SATELLITE RIDE FOR THE LIVING Sunday, April 2, 8:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta is partnering with the JCC Association to offer Satellite Ride for the Living spin classes. The classes are a local celebration of a 55-mile bicycle ride from Auschwitz-Birkenau to JCC Krakow that celebrates the vibrancy of Jewish life in Poland today. Free to the community and to members. MJCCA Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: atlantajcc.org or 678-812-4022.

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Celebrate Earth Day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center with the Back to your Roots Farm Fair, presented by Northside Hospital. Crafts, music, food trucks and information on farmer’s markets are in store. Baby farm animals on site until 3 p.m. Visit the Unity Garden to see chickens and plants from the annual spring native plant sale. General admission applies: $10 adults; $7 seniors ages 65+ and students ages 13-18; $6 children ages 3-12. Free for children 2 and younger and for CNC members. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Info: chattnaturecenter.org. PHOTOS BY CHRISTY COX

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Lectures are presented by Friends of Lost Corner and will take place on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

Lost Corner Preserve 7300 Brandon Mill Rd. 30328

(Located at the corner of Brandon Mill LECTURE SERIES: HISTORY OF SANDY SPRINGS Road where Riverside Drive turns into

Fourth Wednesdays through 7:30-8:30 pm May, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Dalrymple Road)

Join local historian Clarke Otten at Lost SECRET HISTORY OF LOST CORNER Corner Preserve and learn about the

Sunday, April 2, 3-4 p.m. history of Sandy Springs. It has a rich Localand historian Clarke Otten presents the hisunique history dating back to the tory settlement of Sandy of Springs inina the lecture series at the area mid-1800’s Lost and Corner Preserve. the Civil War. Topic for March 22 is

“Oak Grove (Sandy Springs) to the Civil War January 25: Indian Trails and Pioneer 1861-1865.” Friends LostADCorner presents Tales 6,000 BC toof1800 this February series, along with a “Secret History of 22: From Frontier Settlers to Lost Corner” lecture followed by an hour-long Open House.History Visitors can learn Corner how preSecret of Lost Community 1800-1860 viousMarch owners22: of Oak LostGrove Corner’s 20th century farmhouse helped shape the Sandy Springs Lecture and Open House (Sandy Springs) area.inSuggested donation: $5. 7300 Brandon Mill Road N.W., Sandy Sunday, February 5, Springs. March 5Register: & April 2 the Civil War 1861-1865 registration.sandyspringsga.gov. Info: to 770-730-5600. 3-4:00 pm: Lecture April 26: Post-war Reconstruction Bedroom Community 1870-1960

IDENTITY THEFT May 24: Roads,AWARENESS Churches and Schools,

Learn the history of this unique property and about the previous owners and how they helped to shape the Sandy Springs area. Cost: $5.00 suggested donation to FOLC

Thursday, Marchof30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Milestones Community Development Learn1820-1960 how to prevent identity theft in a presentation by the Taxpayer Advocacy Service, 4-5:00 pm: Open House

an independent organization within the IRS. Free. Dunwoody Library, 5339 ChambleeCost: $5.00 suggested donation to FOLC Visit with members of the Friends of Lost Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody 30338. Info: 770-512-4640. Corner organization and tour the early 20th

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century farmhouse complete with charming architectural touches inside including a large gas fireplace with built-in benches and detailed “KAYA’S leaded glass windows.


Call 770-730-5600 Saturday, March 25, Min/Max: 5/40 10:30 for a.m-noon more information Heritage Sandy Pre-registration requested but not required. Springs continues its Sign up at friendsoflostcorner.org monthly American Girl Club programming with the story of Kaya, a young girl from the Nez Perce Native American tribe living in the Pacific Northwest. RSVPs requested and recommended. Best suited for ages 5-12, and girls can bring their favorite doll. $8 members; $10 nonmembers; $15 at the door. Heritage Sandy Springs, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: heritagesandysprings. org or 404-851-9111, ext. 2.

Programs are provided by FOLC as an independent contractor and the Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department.


Fridays, March 31 and April 7; Saturdays, April 1 and April 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 2, noon-5 p.m.

Attract butterflies, pollinators, birds and more to your garden by adding native plants. Over 120 species of plants, including herbs and veggies for the edible garden, will be available at the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Annual Spring Native Plant sale. Horticulturists and knowledgeable volunteers will be available to give advice. Free admission to the garden area. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Info: chattnaturecenter.org.


Saturday, April 1, 3 p.m.

The Junior League of Atlanta offers kids an interactive reading with related crafts and a copy of a book to keep. Immediately afterward, the Junior League will host Kids in the Kitchen, a program that promotes a handson, healthy foods kitchen environment for kids and their parents. Free. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs. Info: afpls.org or 404-303-6130.

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AARP FOUNDATION’S TAX-AIDE Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.

Free tax preparation services for people who are 50 and older and can’t afford tax preparation help is offered by AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave. N.E., Buckhead. Info: 404-814-3500.


The Community Assistance Center offers free help with tax returns. CAC’s team of trained and certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance volunteers can help filers earning up to $55,000 in 2016. Appointments are available now. CAC is one of many metro area VITA sites, an initiative of the IRS and the United Way. 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs. Info: 770-552-4889, ext. 221 or contact VITA@ourcac.org.



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Metro Atlanta’s first All-Ireland fiddle champ Patrick Finley, junior Atlanta International School Patrick Finley shows a gift for music. He plays fiddle, piano, a traditional Irish drum, guitar and flute. He enjoys playing in a number of different styles, but his focus is on traditional Irish music. Patrick became interested in Irish music at an early age through his mother’s side of the family. His uncles both play the Irish fiddle and his aunts both play the Irish flute. At age 6, Patrick joined the Atlanta Irish Music School and became the youngest member of the Atlanta Junior Ceili Band, an Irish music group affiliated with the school, according to a press release. Patrick was so dedicated to becoming a better musician that he sought out Irish fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada for lessons over Skype. Mac Diarmada, from Sligo, has won world championships. He is also an internationally known recording artist and teacher. This is also the first time that Oisin has taught a student over Skype, rather than in person. Patrick’s work paid off. Last year, he was one of just a few Americans to receive a first place award at an annu-

al Irish music competition held in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. He took first place in the 15-18 Irish fiddle contest at the All-Ireland World Music competition, which attracts musicians, singers,

Standout Student and dancers who have previously placed in competitions around the world. “I am very proud of Patrick,” Mac Diarmada said. “He is a wonderful young man and he gave a fantastic performance at the competition. Patrick is developing his own style of Irish music, something that the judges look for in a competition of this standard.” Along with being one of five Americans to win an award at the competition, Patrick is also the first All-Ireland Champion from Atlanta. Winning this competition has given him a sense of accomplishment and has helped motivate him to keep improving his music and to spread Irish culture wherever he goes.

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When asked about the competition Patrick said, “It is always an excellent experience to see so many of my friends and hear so much great music.”

What’s next?

Patrick plans to play music throughout his life. He also has an interest in engineering, computer science and business. He doesn’t yet know where he’ll attend university, but he does know that he would like to major in mechanical engineering or computer science. This article was prepared by Anna Thomas, a senior at Riverwood International Charter School.

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SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF COMMUNITY MEETING Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) The City of Sandy Springs is working on completing its Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) as required by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This assessment aims to identify any barriers to housing opportunities within the City of Sandy Springs. The City will host a community meeting in three locations where you will have the opportunity to review data and share your opinions. As identified in the Sandy Springs “The Next 10” comprehensive plan, the community wants balanced housing choices for the future. The following are the meeting locations: Monday, April 3rd at 6 pm Church of Atonement 4959 High Point Road (Location in Southern Sandy Springs)

Wednesday, April 5th at 6 pm Community Assistance Center 1130 Hightower Trail (Location in the Northern Sandy Springs)

Friday, April 21st at 1:30 pm Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex 6500 Vernon Wood Drive (Location in Central Sandy Springs)

There will be a children’s activity table prepared for every meeting. Additionally, citizens in need of translation services or materials in alternative formats should call 770-730-5600 seven calendar days prior to the regularly scheduled meeting. To access HUD’s Fair Housing Data please visit: egis.hud.gov/affht/ Information about the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) can be found at spr.gs/housing To view adoped housing goals, see the City’s comprehensive plan at thenext10.org For additional questions, please contact Louisa Tovar at ltovar@sandyspringsga.gov

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Buckhead Multi-Family Sale – 2957 Hardman Ct, Atlanta, 30305. Sunday, March 26 (10 AM – 5 PM). Everything goes! Antiques, lots of great and fun furniture, accessories, jewelry, dishes and china, electronics, salon furniture, drafting board and accessories, silver plate serving pieces, two air conditioning window units, lawn equipment, music CD’s, VHS movies, books, lots of great stuff – cash only.

Driveways & Walkways – Replaced or repaired. Masonry, grading, foundations repaired, waterproofing and retaining walls. Call Joe Sullivan 770-616-0576. Home Tending – Regular inspections of your unoccupied property. Call Charles, 404-229-0490. Caregiver Available – Looking for a dedicated caregiver, to take care of your sick loved ones? Look no more. I have 15 year’s CNA.CPR and 1st Aid Experience. Call 404-717-6052.

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A rendering of the completed State Farm development adjacent to the Dunwoody MARTA station.


State Farm development continues to rise From the ashes of an imploded 10-story building will rise two new State Farm Class A office towers over the next five years as part of the company’s Park Center development adjacent to the Dunwoody MARTA station. State Farm imploded the 1111 Hammond Exchange building early March 4 using 500 pounds of dynamite. The building, about 250,000 square feet, crashed to the ground in 30 seconds. Two more office towers will be built on the Hammond Exchange property. The entire State Farm development will be approximately 2.2 million square feet. Dallas-based KDC is the developer for the project and is working with general contractor Holder Construction. The 21-story office tower up now in Perimeter Center opened in November. KDC received $34 million in tax abatements last year from the city’s Development Authority for its second phase so it could start construction of the new office buildings in 2017, rather than the originally proposed 2019. Construction of the second 22-story office tower is expected to begin this year and be completed by 2019. The third office tower, at 19 stories, is expected to be finished by 2020.


The 1111 Hammond Exchange building was imploded March 4 using 500 pounds of dynamite to make room for two new State Farm office towers. Here, workers prepare for the job, watch the building go down and get ready to load the rubble.


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Police Blotter / Dunwoody

200 block of Perimeter Center Park-

way — On March 5, someone stole a Rolex from a hotel room. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On March 5, someone tried to steal a pair of Versace sunglasses from a sunglass shop. 100 block of Dunwoody Park — On

March 6, a man reported that $3,000 in cash and check s were stolen from a counseling center. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On March 6, a man was arrested and accused of trying to steal two packs each of Heinken and Corona Extra from a discount department store. 4900 block of Heatherdale Lane —

On March 6, in the evening, a drill set, a hammer drill, table saw and framing gun were stolen from a home. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On March 6, a pair of headphones were stolen from a discount department store. 4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On March 6, the side window to a woman’s Mercedes was smashed. A credit card was stolen. 4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On March 6, a woman reported the theft of $8,500 in cash, a checkbook, and a portfolio from her car. The car window had been smashed. 100 block of Perimeter Center — On

March 7, employees of a discount department store reported the theft of 11 Crest White Strips. 5000 block of Hidden Branches Circle


4300 block of Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Road — On March 7, in the afternoon, two men were arrested and accused of shoplifting. 4600 block of Peachtree Place Park-

way — On March 8, in the morning, a man reported the theft of his Chevy Tahoe some time during the night. 4600 block of Peachtree Place Park-

way — On March 9, a man reported the theft of his Chevrolet Silverado, last known to be secure in the early morning of March 8. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On March 10, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting.

2600 block of Peeler Road — On

March 3, a woman was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving. I-285/Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On March 4, an officer observed a car parked the wrong way on the I-285 entrance ramp. Two people were asleep in the car. The officer smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath. The officer arrested the driver and accused him of driving under the influence. I-285/ Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On March 8, a man was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license and failure to obey traffic control devices.

— On March 6, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license and failing to obey traffic devices. 4300

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— On March 8, two young men were arrested and accused of marijuana possession during a noise complaint call.

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On March 11, a man was arrested and accused of aggravated assault.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On March 7, a woman was arrested and accused of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

March 6, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of soliciting along the highway.

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March 5, in the early morning, a woman was arrested and accused of simple assault, criminal trespass and larceny. During a dispute, she damaged the apartment door and stole a laptop, cellphone and house keys.


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— On March 7, in the early afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of driving while unlicensed and of failing to obey traffic devices.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On March 3, a department store reported that an employee refunded money for merchandise to his store credit card and did not return the merchandise. He was arrested.


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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On March 3, a man was arrested and accused of trying to steal underwear from a department store. He also had an outstanding warrant.

ford-Dunwoody Road — On March 7, a man was accused of stealing undershirts from a department store.

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On March 3, a man reported that his car had been broken into.

Road — On March 7, a woman was arrested and accused of marijuana possession during a traffic stop. She was also accused of driving without insurance and on a suspended registration.

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On March 7, a laptop was stolen from a parked car.

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1200 block of Ashford Crossing —

March 5, in the morning, a woman was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended or revoked license during a traffic stop.

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