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JAN. 23 — FEB. 5, 2015 • VOL. 9 — NO. 2
‘Dream’ program PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER
The city of Sandy Springs held a “Dream” program on Jan. 19, honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The event also featured musical performances, Keynote Speaker Alexis Scott, and a presentation of the city’s 2015 Humanitarian Award. Left, Karen Ellis, city financial director, and her daughter Gracie, 6, listen to Mayor Rusty Paul. Below, MaryAnn Badovinac directs the Spalding Drive Charter Elementary School’s Show Choir.
Two long-time local businesses consider moving BY ANN MARIE QUILL
The Punchline Comedy Club moved into its location in the Balconies shopping plaza in 1982. The Brickery restaurant moved in right across Hilderbrand Drive in 1992. Decades later, the two establishments off Roswell Road are fixtures in the Sandy Springs community. They are also exploring moves as a direct reaction to plans for new development in the area. On Jan. 8, the comedy club’s owners announced that they would be moving from their location by April. “We’re exploring a range of options,” Punchline co-owner Jamie Bendall said. “We have very much enjoyed being a part of the Sandy Springs community, and really being a fixture here in Sandy Springs. I’m hopeful that some of the opportunities that we are pursing will allow us to be able to stay.” The Punchline, the metro area’s longest running comedy club, has a storied history, with hunTo read more about the dreds of picBrickery’s move, see tures lining its the Perimeter Business walls of persection, page 7. formers who have worked there, including now big-name comics such as Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie MurSEE TWO, PAGE 4
‘Mom’ and ‘dad’ to many receive city’s Humanitarian Award BY ANN MARIE QUILL
Betty Klein says every time she answers her phone, she hears “hey, mom” on the other end. That’s just the odds. Klein and her husband, Phil, have helped raise more than 60 foster children during the last 24 years. The couple, residents of Sandy Springs for 45 years, were awarded the city’s 2015 Humanitarian Award at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at City Hall on Jan. 19. The Kleins were asked by the Department of Family and Children Services to become foster parents when word got around about their visits to Grady Hospital where they would “spend hours rocking babies who had no other loving arms around them,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said as he introduced the couple. “Phil and Betty provided a home to a racially diverse group
of children, some dealing with chronic and terminal illnesses, who had been shunned by society,” Paul continued. “They have lived up to the true calling of their creed.” Paul referred to the Jewish term Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world. The Kleins are longtime members of Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs, where they have logged many volunteer hours, he said. “Twenty-four years ago Betty said our home is too quiet,” Phil Klein said. “I had no idea what that would lead to. We just never stopped raising a family. I have no regrets.” Betty Klein introduced several of her children while accepting the award: “Khonteria is a sophomore at North Springs Charter High School. Khonteria came to live with us at 1 SEE MOM, PAGE 20
Phil and Betty Klein received the city’s 2015 Humanitarian Award from Mayor Rusty Paul.