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JAN. 23 — FEB. 5, 2015 • VOL. 6 — NO. 2
Parade founder honored COMMUNITY 2
Gift of gab Women talk, men don’t ROBIN’S NEST 5
Cowart Family YMCA unveils $4.8 million renovation BY ANN MARIE QUILL
Digging in on day of service PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER
Left, volunteers Andrea Perez, left, and daughters Camila, 5, and Soﬁa, 7, above, clear brush at the Dunwoody Nature Center during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 19. See additional photos on page 20.
When the Cowart Family/Ashford Dunwoody YMCA unveiled its new $4.8 million renovation recently, members were more than a little bit impressed. “It’s fabulous. It’s state of the art. I feel like I’m at a resort,” said Brookhaven resident Mary Frances Richardson, who’s been a member of the Y since the 1980s. “I tell you, it’s exciting,” her friend, Dunwoody resident Jack Bell, said during the Jan. 15 reception to showcase the Y’s new facilities. A new and expanded wellness center was added to the facility, located at 3692 Ashford Dunwoody Road near the Dunwoody city line, in addition to two new group exercise studios, family dressing areas, a new lobby and entrance, and an elevator. The renovation began in March. “We are thrilled with the investment in this Y,” wellness director Amie McDougal said in a press release. “It is a benefit for members to have this expanded center paired with the support of our wellness coaches.” Still to come in the next phase of renovations will be a teen center and a new play center for children to use while their parents work out. Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony, said he was pleased the city is partnering with the Y on some programs. “In the city of Brookhaven, if you’re goSEE BROOKHAVEN, PAGE 3
Kingsley: More than just swimming and tennis BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
Alan Wilson and his wife bought a home in the Kingstop of the F2 rating range, with winds reaching 150 miles ley neighborhood just before the big tornado hit. per hour, according to the National Weather Service. “When we moved in, three weeks later is when the torDamage occurred to thousands of homes, and the storm nado hit, in April 1998,” Wilson said. “So snapped or uprooted tens of thousands of pine and in a way, even though that kind of bummed hardwood trees. Hundreds of homes had major damWhere us out when we first moved in, we actually age, and a few dozen had to be completely rebuilt. You got involved with the community.” The Dunwoody Preservation Trust started a comLive On April 9, 1998, tornadoes tore across munity committee to replant the Dunwoody forest, the northern suburbs of metro Atlanta, and the Wilsons got involved. touching down in Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb “Because of the way the neighborhood came toand Gwinnett counties. The most severe damage was in gether, we actually started meeting more people,” Wilson Dunwoody, where the storm’s intensity increased to the SEE WHERE, PAGE 4
From left, Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, Linda Cowart, Y Advisory Board Chairman Jim Redovian, Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson and Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis attended the facility’s ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 15.