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Tillie O’Neal-Kyles, founder of Every Woman Works, a nonprofit that helps achieve financial independence, personal growth and family leadership, was named the city’s 2016 Humanitarian of the Year, at the 10th annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at City Hall on Jan. 18. Story on page 15.►

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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. ►

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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

A hole in the sidewalk near a Dunkin’ Donuts at 6060 Roswell Road marks where a fire hydrant was knocked down by a vehicle nearly a year ago and remains missing. And for the last four months of 2015, if firefighters had needed water to battle a blaze there, they would have found a fire hydrant across the street gone as well. Such long repair times and uncertain inspections for the city’s 4,000 public and private fire hydrants are an ongoing concern for Sandy Springs fire officials. Fire Rescue Chief Keith Sanders is now gearing up a tighter, more accountable inspection system. Step one: bringing hydrant inspections in-house instead of using private contractors, as the city has done since its founding. “The 2016 inspections will be done by the Sandy Springs fire department,” Sanders said. “That way, I know all hydrants have been touched and have been inspected.” That will mean “more accuracy, more accountability,” Sanders said, adding it will also give firefighters hands-on knowledge of where the city’s hydrants are in case they need to find them in an emergency. But those inspections are where the fire department’s direct control of the crucial safety devices ends. The 2,910 hydrants on city streets are actually owned by the city of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management, which can take months to make repairs. Sanders called that situation a “challenge,” though he added he is not aware of any recent fire where firefighters had trouble finding a working hydrant on a public Continued on page 14


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

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


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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.

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

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Crime stats 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. 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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. 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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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Cooking up extremes When my first child was a toddler, his favorite show was a cooking show. It featured reruns of a genteel Graham Kerr charmingly slicing, dicing and “nice-ing” his way around his kitchen. My son loved to cuddle up next to me while we watched “the cooking man” together, presumably because my boy was so captivated by a person who did more in a kitchen than sprinkle Cheerios on a highchair tray. Since then, the world of cooking shows has exploded, and I mean that literally. We have an entire network devoted to food and its preparation, and it’s been turned into a prime time battle. Other networks have taken notice and are getting in on the food fight; now our TV shows are like a middleschool cafeteria gone wild. We might watch Ina Garten calmly create a ganache durRobin Conte is a writer ing the sunny daytime hours, but when the sun sets, we’re and mother of four who ready for some action. So network producers are finding lives in Dunwoody. She ways to make even the tamest of subjects… extreme. Simply can be contacted at put, we’ll watch a cupcake if it’s made to look like a tank. robinjm@earthlink.net. 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. It was on during a rare evening when everyone in my family was gone, so I had the house to myself and could settle down on the couch in front of the tube with a bowl of cereal and the remote control. 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 �lour. It wasn’t exactly dinner with the Corleones…frankly, it looked pretty staged. But, like an unbalanced checkbook, it was oddly intriguing. Okay, that one I watched for a while. But only because I really wanted to know who was stealing the beer kegs. And then I �lipped back to “Hell’s Kitchen”—but only because I wanted to see if the red bandanas were going to beat the blue bandanas in the “Guess the Protein” challenge. (The blue team won.) 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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Senior housing planned to replace Sandy Springs church BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

The Apostles Church of Sandy Springs at Glenridge Drive and Hammond Drive is targeted for demolition and redevelopment into a 201-unit senior housing project in plans filed with the city. “It is luxury senior housing,” said Chip Collins, an attorney for Parc Communities, which specializes in high-end independent living projects. He said Parc already has met with local homeowners associations and “made some tweaks” to its plan. A preliminary community meeting is scheduled for Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. “It’s very sad,” said Elizabeth Dixon, the administrator at Apostles Church, whose church building was constructed only about five years ago. “Basically, it’s just that the building that we built in 2010 has been too much for us and we haven’t grown…We got in over our heads,” Dixon said. It’s unclear where the Apostles congregation would relocate. The Apostles Learning Center, an infant-to-preK preschool, would also need to move. Also affected is another congregation

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said, and site plans show walking trails and a dog park bordering the property. Dubbed the Parc Glenridge Senior Community, the proposal requires rezoning, a use permit and a zoning variance for height, according to its city paperwork. “There’s nothing like it, to my knowledge, in Sandy Springs,” said Collins,

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describing a high-end complex that is partly intended to allow older local residents to stay in the community. The Glenridge and Hammond corner is “a perfect location for what these types of residents want,” Collins said, noting the proximity to Hammond Park, Perimeter Mall, the Pill Hill hospitals and the forthcoming City Springs development. Apostles Church has been on the site since around 1959 and its original building still exists on the back of the site, Dixon said. She called the 2010 construction plan a failure of “the Gospel according to Costner…‘build it and they will come,’” referring to a famous line from the Kevin Costner movie “Field of Dreams.” The new church building has 450 seats for a congregation that remains around 80 to 100 people, Dixon said. Apostles Church has been seeking a buyer for the property for about three years, she said.“We were trying so hard to find a church to buy it,” she said, but “it’s not big enough for a mega-church and too big for some basic churches.” “We’re doing good things while we’re here,” Dixon added. “We’re a small church with a big heart.”


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Fire chief wants to reform hydrant inspections Continued from page 1 street. The city has a good number of hydrants and Atlanta provides good water pressure throughout the system, he said. Sanders said there is currently no system allowing Sandy Springs to track and verify hydrant repairs submitted to Atlanta Watershed. “That’s the process we’ve got to fix with Atlanta,” he said. As of Jan. 13, there were 102 Sandy Springs hydrant repairs pending, according to Atlanta Watershed spokeswoman Lillian Govus. That’s about 3.5 percent of all public hydrants. Govus said the department immediately repairs hydrants rated as “emergency items.” That means “ones that are actively spewing water and creating a safety hazard,” or that are in a location that does not have another hydrant

Aug. 21 of last year, but was “within the proximity,” an not fixed until Dec. 21, Govundefined measurement. us said. The rest are “first come, And the still-missing first served,” Govus said, hydrant at 6060 Roswell? and Atlanta Watershed That was reported on Feb. aims to repair or replace 3, 2015, Govus said. “That them within 45 days. Howone’s been in the queue for ever, it can take much lona very long time,” she acger, she acknowledged. She knowledged, adding that it noted that the department is “currently at the top of has 14,000 hydrants systemthe list and just needs to wide to maintain and that have a crew assigned.” Sandy Springs has a permit JOHN RUCH Govus could not explain process that can take two to As of Jan. 13, there were the delays on replacing five weeks. 102 Sandy Springs fire those two missing hydrants The two knocked-down hydrant repairs pending. or why the repairs are takhydrants on Roswell Road, ing different amounts of time. Both are in front of businesses and office towers, considered non-emergency repairs beare examples of long delays. The one at cause of other nearby hydrants, she said, 6075 Roswell was reported damaged on

and individual complications with repairs could be a reason for delays. Meanwhile, there are 1,094 hydrants on private property that the city doesn’t inspect. Instead, property owners must have an annual inspection performed by a city-approved contractor and placed on file. Gaps have appeared in that system before. In 2011, firefighters at two separate major fires at Sandy Springs residential complexes faced broken hydrants that delayed their efforts. Sanders said the city still has challenges identifying the point person at some multifamily residences who is responsible for hydrant inspections, as managers change or homeowner association heads move. He said Sandy Springs Fire Rescue is preparing an educational campaign about the need for such inspections.

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‘Miss Tillie’ enthusiastically wins city’s Humanitarian honor BY JOE EARLE joeearle@reporternewspapers.net

Tillie O’Neal-Kyles appears nothing if not enthusiastic. Even the message on her cellphone feels full of life. The 70-yearold who introduces herself as “Miss Tillie” informs her callers she’s busy having a “magnafabulous” day.” “‘Enthusiasm’ means God’s within,” she said. “I think I am enthusiastic because God’s within. ... I’m motivated from the inside out.” Her enthusiastic efforts to make the world a bit better led to her selection as the city of Sandy Springs’ 2016 Humanitarian of the Year. In conferring the award, city officials said O’Neal-Kyles “has dedicated her life to lifting up the marginalized, teaching them about their intrinsic human worth and the power of forgiveness.” “She has made it her mission to equip economically vulnerable women with the tools to pull themselves out of despondency and into self-sufficiency and self-worth,” city officials said in the program for the Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, were O’Neal-Kyles received the award. Miss Tillie herself later described the moment as almost overwhelming. When her name was announced, she suddenly wasn’t sure what to say. “I’m never speechless,” she said. “But I was speechless because I was standing there wondering what did I do to deserve this? When somebody wants to put you in the same category as Martin Luther King Jr., there must be a mistake.” O’Neal-Kyles started the work that led to her selection for the honor a dozen years ago, after she retired from a career in corporate life. She had been a trainer and teacher for AT&T, she said, and after retirement was thinking about what to do with the rest of her life. “At some point as you get older, you realize you’re going to die one day,” she said. “I wanted to leave a legacy.” She founded Every Woman Works Inc., a not-for-profit agency dedicated to helping women with troubled lives move from dependency to self-sufficiency. The program does that in part, she said, by teaching the women the skills they’ll need to hold a job—how to work with computers or dress for success—but primarily by teaching them to stand on their own feet emotionally. “It’s all about them understanding that they are not victims, that they are products of choices they’ve made,” she said. Women are referred to the program, now located in an office building in Sandy Springs, by various government agencies or charities, O’Neal-Kyles said. About 1,600 women, she said, have been served by the program, which now lasts about six

weeks, with classes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. “The thing that breaks my heart,” O’Neal-Kyles said, “is that some of them are so depressed. Some are them are in poverty. .... Once they come in and we teach them to believe in themselves— people love to feel empowered— we’ve got them! ... They’ve got to look at themselves and the world differently.” O’Neal-Kyles said she knows how to work with the women because she faced many of the same emotion problems during her career. She was an African-American single parent, she said. Her own struggles “taught me how to survive, how to stop being a victim.” “I had to learn these lessons, and I think I learned them in quite a way,” she said. “God did not want to put my lessons to waste.” Still, the job before her seems difficult. There are so many people who need help. “There’s so much to do and so much more to do. I feel like I haven’t made a dent. It seems the numbers are getting larger.” But she’s not backing away. “When you help other people, there is something that helps you,” she said. “I just want to go around thanking them.”

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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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Board of Appeals February 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

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Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

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V15-0054

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Lisa Ediger

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1095 Vernon Springs Ct.

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Primary variances from Section 109-225 of the Development Regulations to bring the existing single family dwelling into legal conformity and to allow additional impervious surface within the stream buffer and impervious surface setback.

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Board of Appeals February 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

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Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION Petition Number:

V15-0057

Petitioner:

Cherokee Town and Country Club

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665 Hightower Trail

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Variances from Section 109-225 of the Development Regulations to reduce the undisturbed natural vegetative buffer to install a seal wall and to reduce the impervious surface setback for the purposes of grading, filling, and earthmoving.

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Board of Appeals February 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

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Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

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Developer Hines is taking the city of Sandy Springs to court for rejecting its massive Northpark plan at Ga. 400 and Abernathy Road, according to attorney Doug Dillard. “We have filed the lawsuit” that Hines had threatened following the city Board of Appeals decision on Dec. 10, Dillard said. The legal appeal was filed Jan. 8. According to a press release, the developer, going officially by Northpark-Land Associates LLLP, “claims that the BOA had no objective factual basis to deny the administrative appeal, and as such, have destroyed the property owners’ rights without first paying fair, adequate and just compensation for such rights. The suit demands an immediate reversal of the BOA’s decision.” City Attorney Wendell Willard said Hines is technically filing a legal appeal rather than a lawsuit, with Fulton County Superior Court reviewing the Board of Appeals decision for any errors. However, the city similarly has to defend the decision, he said. “We’ll be supporting and defending the decision of the Board of Appeals,” Willard said, adding that the city expected Hines to take the case to court. Based on a 1987 zoning plan, Hines wants to build a roughly 25-story office tower and a 600-room hotel up to 8 stories tall, along with a “village” of mixed uses. But city development staff said the zoning plan the project application hinges on is no longer valid and rezoning is required. That plan includes a possible 50-story office tower—taller than many Atlanta skyscrapers. But John Heagy III, a Dunwoody-based senior managing director

for Hines’ Southeast region, previously said the 50-story building is no longer on the drawing board. Hines is not the property owner, but is its chosen developer. Heagy said Hines has been asked not to identify the owner, which appears in records only as a limited company named for the project. However, Heagy said the owner is a “state agency” from outside Georgia, and noted that it is common for state pension funds to buy investment properties around the nation. The 14-acre, wooded Northpark site at the southeast corner of the Ga. 400/Abernathy interchange was part of a larger development site that has been largely built out, including office buildings to the north and nearby shopping centers. The wooded site has gone through various planning and physical changes over the decades. In 1987, Fulton County rezoned the parcel—then about 19 acres— for the two office towers, the hotel and a large section of commercial space. Changes since then include PeachtreeDunwoody Road cutting through it in the 1990s and the sale of a corner near MARTA’s Sandy Springs station to a hotel developer. That hotel project, the Grand Bohemian Atlanta, remains unbuilt. In 2013, Hines sought a rezoning to add mixed-use residential development to its project, but withdrew that plan last year after community opposition. The 50-story tower was still on the table at that time, but Hines began talking about reducing its height after community complaints. Heagy has said that Hines was sensitive to “public perception about what is appropriate for a quasi-suburban location.”

Notice of Public Hearing February 2, 2016 2016 Annual Action Plan for Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs The following incidents and arrests are some, but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police Dec. 31-Jan. 7. The following informa�ion was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and the informa�ion is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY  5600 block of Roswell Road - A 40-year-

old cabbie said he picked up a young male, around 18-20 years old, at a pharmacy on Dalrymple and Roswell. He took him to the area of 5675 Roswell Road. When they arrived, the man said he didn’t have the $25 fare but would call a friend to come out and pay. They waited for several minutes with no result so the cabbie told the man he needed the money so he could get back to getting fares. The man pulled a gun and hit the cabbie twice on the head/ face area, threatened to kill him, then �led around the side of one of the apartment buildings. The suspect, who assaulted the cabbie from the back seat, apparently dropped a 9 mm semi-auto magazine on the �loorboard of the car. That was recovered and processed for prints. The victim was taken to the hospital with lacerations on his head.  300 block of Spring Creek Lane - Officers

were called to an apartment and spoke to

four people inside who said they were just robbed. The officers noted a heavy smell of marijuana. According to the four, two men dressed as maintenance workers knocked on their Captain door and said STEVE ROSE, were responding SSPD to a water leak srose@sancomplaint. The dyspringsga.gov two men were let in and brie�ly looked into a closet as if looking for the leak. One of the men pulled a gun, and the duo demanded to know where the money, safe and marijuana were located. The two suspects held the residents at gunpoint and ransacked the apartment, eventually stealing $220, a Samsung phone with cracked screen, iPhone 6 with a cracked screen, iPad, a debit card and some marijuana that was in a mason jar. Suspect 1 is a male, early 30s, dark complexion, 6-feet tall and 180 pounds, wearing a grey-fitted

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF APPEAL

skull cap, grey work shirt with front pockets with the logo GT and “Georgia Service Techs LLC” on it. He had tattoos on him including one on his right arm of a �lagpole in the shape of a penis with a �lag with the letters “AM” on it. Suspect 2 was the same age and weight, 5-feet 11-inches and also wearing a skull cap and the same shirt as suspect 1.

BURGLARY  6300 block of Powers Ferry Road - The

manager of sandwich shop said when he arrived at the store he found the back door was forced open and about $263 was missing from the register.  5000 block of Lake Island Drive - A man

said his real estate agent called and said someone entered the house that has been on the market for awhile and took grates from the Wolf stovetop. Nothing else was missing.  1000 block Marsh Trail Circle - The res-

ident said when he returned home, he found his front door ajar with no forced entry. He noticed debris directly below his attic, indicating someone climbed it. He told police two men came to his home recently, saying they were looking for a water leak, and specifically asked to go into the resident’s attic. Since he had not called, he denied the request. They told him they would return later. He is missing an Apple laptop, iPod, speaker, DVD player and $1,500 cash that was kept in a kitchen drawer.

Petition Number:

AP16-00004

Petitioner:

Fulton Allen Road Associates, LLC; ECI Capital, Inc.

Location:

185 Cliftwood Drive

Request:

Appeal of interpretation made by the Director of Public Works regarding Development Regulation 103-91(d): the requirement to relocate utilities underground following road improvements where utilities must be relocated; and Appeal of a determination made by the Director of Public Works requiring utility poles to be relocated and a decision made by the Director of Public Works not granting permission to meander sidewalks (per Sec. 103-80(c)2)

 700 block Dalrymple Road - Two com-

Board of Appeals February 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 400 block of Summer Drive - Someone

Public Hearings: Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION Petition Number:

V16-0001

Petitioner:

Nancy Clark

Location:

730 Glenferry Trail

Request:

One (1) primary variance from Section 4.3.4.B.2 of the Zoning Ordinance to encroach two and a half (2.5) feet into the allowable covered or uncovered porches, decks or patios encroachment of ten (10) feet to construct a new deck with stairs.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals February 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

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puters were stolen from an office after someone forced entry through the front door overnight. broke into an apartment and stole several items including the peephole.  Mount Paran Road - Someone entered a

home under construction and stole a Jenn Air Warmer Oven.  8800 block of Roswell Road - The own-

er of a restaurant told police he found the front door glass smashed, his registers ransacked and money that had been taped on the wall gone, as was the small amount of cash in the tip jar. He pulled up video and it revealed a fair-skinned male wearing a puffy, dark-colored coat with a hood and jeans. The restaurant owner said this was the same man he had removed from the restaurant the day before the burglary.

ing goods store had been smashed. When he drove his vehicle up to the store, two men ran out and jumped into a Ford-150 truck. The truck raced out of the parking lot and across a median onto Mount Vernon Highway westbound. The store manager arrived and reviewed video surveillance with police, which showed the truck pulling up, three men smashing the window, and two men entering the store and running back out with an armful of clothing. A Wii game case was left behind containing marijuana residue.

THEFTS  1100 block of Perimeter Center West-A

64-year-old woman said she was having lunch at a restaurant. Later she discovered two credit cards missing from her purse.  3000 block of Glenridge Stratford Drive

- A 59-year-old man said his car was missing after he lost consciousness during a diabetic-related problem while he was with his female friend, “Chocolate.” When he regained consciousness, “Chocolate,” his keys and car were gone. He knows nothing about “Chocolate” other than her street name, and that she lives on Glenwood Road in DeKalb County.  500 block of Embassy Row - A student

said he left his phone on a desk and it was stolen. He said a woman took it. Sure enough, the school’s video shows that woman taking and concealing the phone.  200 block of Hildebrand Drive - A beau-

ty salon’s stylist told police a customer ordered a “crochet Senegalese twists” hair style, at a cost of $250. Halfway through the process, the customer walked out, having paid only $25 as a deposit.

AUTO THEFTS  Between Dec. 31 and Jan. 7, items were

stolen from a total of eight vehicles.

ASSAULT  6400 block of Roswell Road - A man said

he hired a taxi to take him to his home on Northridge Road. He got into a dispute with the driver and refused to get out of the taxi until the driver took him to the right location. After arriving at the right location, the man said he decided to video the driver with his cellphone, causing the driver to knock the phone out of the man’s hand. The driver then drove off while the man was only partially out of the taxi, causing him to fall. The man said he hurt his hip but declined medical response.

 1100 block of Mount Vernon High-

way - A security guard told police he found the front glass window of a sport-

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